Jehovah - Shammah, the LORD is Here!
Ezek. 48:35 The circumference of the city shall be eighteen thousand cubits. And the name of the city from that time on shall be, The LORD is There.
The book of Ezekiel opens with a vision of the Israelites who have forgotten their God. Now, the book ends with the vision of the New Jerusalem and the city to be called Jehovah- Shammah (The LORD is Here (or There). The shekinah glory, the presence of God will be eternally in the city for the LORD is There!
This vision of the presence of the LORD does not need to be something that we are awaiting and/or anticipating in some future time. The Israelites were to return from exile as a people with whom God resided.
We are invited back from our personal exiles to be a people who are living in the presence of the Lord. May it be written of us Jehovah-Shammah!
This is the God’s plan in the already of his kingdom — a kingdom which is living and alive in and through each and every one of us! This is God’s desire — for the world to be able to look on his people and say, “The LORD is There!”
Lord, may your glory and presence be visible in me today. Amen.