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It's a thing of joy for me to introduce or start a new topic, which is the theme for this month, namely deluxe pavilion. It's a topic that reveals the true knowledge of our divine origin (with high regard for Supreme Deity), the necessity of operating from that standpoint, the purpose of His dwelling place and our mentality in relation to such habitation.

Reference: PSALM 27:4-5 The Message (MSG) "I'm asking God for one thing, only one thing: To live with Him in His house my whole life long. I'll contemplate His beauty; I'll study at His feet. That's the only quiet, secure place in a noisy world, The perfect getaway, far from the buzz of traffic."

In order to understand the full context of the above Scripture, I want us to consider other translations such as NET and NKJV.

The NET reads, "He will surely give me shelter in the day of danger; He will hide me in His home. He will place me on an inaccessible rocky summit."

The NKJV reads, "For in the time of trouble. He shall hide me in His PAVILION; In the secret place of His tabernacle. He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock."

What does David's confession actually mean? Confidence and delightfulness. He invested his delight in the presence of God and so, he had absolute confidence in God's deliverance. Remember that he mentioned earlier in verse 3, "Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident" (NKJV). In other words, none of those situations moved him.

King James Dictionary definitions for Pavilion are as follows:

1. A tent; a temporary movable habitation.

2. In architecture, a kind of turret or building, usually insulated and contained under a single roof; sometimes square and sometimes in the form of a dome. Sometimes a pavilion is a projecting part in the front of a building; sometimes it flanks a corner.

3. In military affairs, a tent raised on posts. The word is sometimes used for a flag, colors, ensign or banner.

4. In heraldry, a covering in form of a tent, investing the armories of kings.

5. Among jewelers, the under side and corner of brilliants, lying between the girdle and collet.

King David's definition of pavilion, as recorded in Psalm 18:11 (KJV) reads: "He made darkness His secret place; His pavilion round about Him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies." That means, God wrapped Himself in a trenchcoat of black-cloud darkness, denoting His pavilion.

Moreover, another versified statement in Davidic inspired collection of psalm reveals that even the darkness is not dark to God; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with Him (see Psalm 139:12 ESV).

However, this is not the main idea for hosting this topic, deluxe pavilion. Deluxe simply means, "luxurious or sumptuous; of great worth or of a superior kind." Now, having considered the above definitions of PAVILION, anyone can stop with a mere sight of scriptural truth I shared above; but conceivably, a man of "wisdom" is readily open to new ideas based on the Word. To that effect, Proverbs 1:5 reads, "Let the wise listen and add to their learning..." (NIV).

More so, every man of "knowledge" who has developed an insatiable quest for greater heights of awareness, will definitely go further to reflect upon this topic, as he welcomes and receives fresh ideas, in a way that will upgrade their mindset, which in turn will influence their character and introduce mature actions and indomitable spirit in their Christian walk, especially when faced with any challenging situation.

So the idea of deluxe pavilion illustrates a figurative expression or image of great comfort, luxury and pleasure for the born again Christian - in God's presence. From the standpoint of sense of grace which Christ has brought to us, it's not a hiding place; it's a secure place of victory and dominion for all of God's children. This is why I borrowed the MSG translation as our referenced Scripture, which says, "That's the only quiet, secure place in a noisy world."

As I divulge the notion behind the topic in the successive parts, you will surely gain notable insight into the Kingdom realities based on God's perfect will for us as we continually immerse ourselves in the secret place of His presence. Stay tuned for part 2. Shalom!

Scripture Reading - Psalm 31:20; Psalm 81:7; Psalm 91:1; Matthew 6:6.

Exuberant Declaration: My responses in divine pavilion are from the standpoint of dominion, where I enjoy God's goodness in His luxurious surroundings that manufacture my unending provision, joy, victory, success, peace, favour, untold blessings and all goodly heritage. Hallelujah!


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