And from that day the name of the city will be ‘The Lord Is There. – Ezekiel 48:35b
At the end of the book of Ezekiel and the end of his recorded visions, the prophet tells us that God would divide again the land of Israel among the 12 tribes. Each tribe was to receive an equal share among the lots to be assigned to each tribe. When God had finished telling the prophet which tribes were to receive what tracts of land, he told Ezekiel that the city of the LORD would be 6 square miles with the temple at the very center. Also, the city of Jerusalem would be renamed, Jehovah Shammah, “the LORD is here.”
Although the prophet spoke of a future time in the lives and history of the tribes of Israel concerning the city of God, there is a modern-day application for you and me. That application is this – “the LORD is here” should be the name of every believer. The Bible tells us that we are the temple of the Spirit of God. IF that is so (which it is IF you’ve received the gift of God – eternal life – by grace through faith), then God dwells in the hearts of each believer. By definition alone, that would mean that “the LORD is here” in our hearts. Thus, God is Jehovah Shammah to each of us. The other proof of that is that God said he would never leave or abandon us. Accordingly, a person cannot be abandoned if “the LORD is here.” Another benefit is that when we feel alone or like God is not nearby, all we have to do is remember that he is Jehovah Shammah – or, the LORD is here, right where we are! We take him with us wherever we go. Sure, he is all-present, BUT he likes to dwell among, or in our case in the hearts of, his people. Trust Jehovah Shammah to be there all the time.
Father, thank you for being Jehovah Shammah. It’s comforting to know that you are right there with me at all times. It’s like David wrote so long ago. No matter where I go, you are there with me and will find me. He said if he made his bed in hell or even in the heights of the heavens, you are there. The sweetest part is that you’ve chosen to dwell among your people by dwelling in their hearts. You get as close as close can be. Thank you for never leaving us or abandoning us. You are so good to us. We praise you for who you are alone! In Jesus’ name, Amen.