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God was with His people then even as He is with us now.

BibleGateway: Exodus 40:33-38

ESV Text: Exodus 40:33-38

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 3:41 and ends at about 4:38

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33 And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court gate. So Moses finished the work.

     34 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. 35 And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. 36 And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys: 37 But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up. 38 For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 467:
Built on the Rock the Church doth Stand

— Organ Audio

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1. Built on the Rock the Church doth stand, 
Even when steeples are falling; 
Crumbled have spires in every land, 
Bells still are chiming and calling, 
Calling the young and old to rest, 
But above all the soul distrest, 
Longing for rest everlasting. 

2. Surely in temples made with hands, 
God, the Most High, is not dwelling; 
High above earth His temple stands, 
All earthly temples excelling. 
Yet He whom heavens cannot contain 
Chose to abide on earth with men, 
Built in our bodies His temple. 

3. We are God’s house of living stones, 
Builded for His habitation; 
He through baptismal grace us owns 
Heirs of His wondrous salvation. 
Were we but two His name to tell, 
Yet He would deign with us to dwell, 
With all His grace and His favor. 

4. Now we may gather with our King 
E’en in the lowliest dwelling; 
Praises to Him we there may bring, 
His wondrous mercy forthtelling. 
Jesus His grace to us accords; 
Spirit and life are all His words; 
His truth doth hallow the temple. 

5. Still we our earthly temples rear 
That we may herald His praises; 
They are the homes where He draws near 
And little children embraces. 
Beautiful things in them are said; 
God there with us His covenant made, 
Making us heirs of His kingdom. 

6. Here stands the font before our eyes 
Telling how God did receive us; 
The altar recalls Christ’s sacrifice 
And what His table doth give us; 
Here sounds the Word that doth proclaim 
Christ yesterday, today, the same, 
Yea, and for aye our Redeemer. 

7. Grant then, O God, where’er men roam, 
That, when the church-bells are ringing, 
Many in saving faith may come 
Where Christ His message is bringing: 
“I know Mine own, Mine own know Me; 
Ye, not the world, My face shall see. 
My peace I leave with you.” Amen.