This Series began with a post on Facebook by a dear Brother in Christ, who posted the chorus of the Christian song entitled Sanctuary, as follows:
Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary
Pure and holy, tried and true
With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living
Sanctuary for You
This song is a tad bit hard to find – one reason for that is because it is relatively new – as the lyrics were written in 1981-82 by Randy Scruggs with the score written by John Thompson. For that reason, the sheet music cannot be posted, as it is a copyrighted work. It can be found in eleven different hymnals, as well as arranged/orchestrated for different instruments and choral presentations.
This song presents something that I’m afraid many Christians miss all too often and is not taught with the emphasis that it ought to be – Salvation is us individually becoming a temple, a prized vessel, in which the Holy Spirit takes up residence in our lives. We are to be THE “Sanctuary” of the Holy Spirit. At Salvation the Temple is assigned, not to be taken from us by any man, beast or being, but being the “Right” Sanctuary for the Holy Spirit to work through us, is a daily review and commitment.
We Are To Be A Sanctuary
First, want to reiterate once again, Salvation is a ONE time event, being the usable Temple of the Holy Spirit is a recurring commitment. Each day we should consider, inspect and review where we are in our relationship with our Saviour and standing with our Heavenly Father – that is the preparation that a Born Again Believer should be reminded of in this song. Being the kind of, effective and usable Sanctuary that we ought begins with us asking for help – “prepare me”.
We are not the only ones who will recognize what is not right in us, the Holy Spirit knows and SO do we – if we will just be honest with ourselves, before a Holy God. We should have the desire of being “pure and holy” as well as “tried and true”, for each thing we do, think or contemplate has to be wash-boarded with God’s Word and our time spent with Him. Whatever is found to be in need of being removed, tried again or brought back to be considered, should be done with a Thankful heart. We are NOT robots; we live, breathe, think, sin, seek, try, ask and consider on a moments notice – which adds to our realization that we are a Living Sanctuary for God to work upon, in and through.
We are given direction through the Bible on how to be that kind of Sanctuary, individuals who can go before our God in His Holy Place.
The Lord Jesus Christ came to save all, not just some or a few – but everyone who will choose to Believe on Him unto Salvation. We have to recognize it is Him who knows where we are weak, is Him who provides the strength we need to do what each has been given to accomplish – we are helped by His Hand, not some other. He Leads, we are to follow. He will forgive, cleanse and set us back right – that is when we humbly seek Him, ask forgiveness and turn from those temptations.
The entire song/hymn has been given in paragraph form preceding this written part of the Series – which support and explanation of our reasons for being a Sanctuary are presented in the following seven (7) reminders which are each presented in the prints of this Series.
Lord, Prepare Me…
Will of God
Each of us as Christians have to be aware of ourselves and our relationship with our Lord. At first glance an individual might see this song as being for the unbeliever, but that is simply not the only view that should be considered. It is powerful presentation of what we can come to understand is a fact of us becoming a Sanctuary – the Temple of the Holy Spirit. But we MUST realize also, it should be the cry of every Christian – no matter the age or spiritual maturity – we should seek to review ourselves daily in our commitment to being that Sanctuary that God will and can use for His Glory and Honor in providing a witness, spreading the Gospel, helping others in need, providing spiritual guidance, teaching, sharing burdens and every work He wants to use us a conduit to bring to pass in our lives and the lives of others. Can you sing this song? My challenge to each of us is to consider bringing ourselves low before the God of Heaven, letting Him know that we want to be the Living Sanctuary that He can use however He sees fit. Let us call out, in Jesus name and for His sake, that we want the Holy Spirit to be evident in EACH and EVERY thing we do. Others just might hear us singing… Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary… pure and holy, tried and true… with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living Sanctuary for You. I can sing it, but not too loudly – for I know what He has done for this Sanctuary and it will humble all those that know too.
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