God is described in scriptures as the chief cornerstone and a foundation built on Him cannot be shaken. There are many majestic buildings that are expertly constructed by skilled architects; however the most reliable house construction is one that is built under the wisdom and guidance from God.
These fourteen bible verses about blessing a house will seek to guide you as you develop a deeper love and appreciation for the master builder.
1. Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless he LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. Psalms 127:1 niv
When Solomon chose to erect the house of the Lord, he was instructed by his father David to include God in his plans. This is necessary as building takes labour and effort and building without God is meaningless. Even though Solomon had constructed palaces and castles, he was cautioned about excluding God from his plans as a foundation without God’s guidance can easily crumble.
This verse in scripture demonstrates that even with the involvement of architects who are very knowledgeable in their field, these buildings can collapse if they are built without the guidance of the chief architect. We should be guided by this pattern in building our houses as a solid foundation is vital in providing protection and stability.
2. By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. Proverbs 24:3-4 niv
Building a house takes wisdom and ingenuity. The wise King Solomon seeks to guide individuals in cautioning them that in constructing a house, it is important to avoid the use of inferior material or cheap labour or fixtures that can compromise the quality of the building. It also requires wisdom to maintain a house as a lack of good care and maintenance can cause degradation or disrepair.
It is wise to seek the Lord for insight and guidance. God is interested in all the affairs of our lives and even in daily maintenance and furnishing, His involvement is paramount in having a beautiful and well maintained structure.
3. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there. 2 Chronicles 7:15-16 niv
Solomon demonstrated the importance of seeking God in prayer in blessing, not just the house of the Lord, but also his personal dwelling. It is by seeking God that Solomon was able to experience God’s grace and prosperity.
God’s abiding presence will always be with us when we seek Him in first dedicating our houses to Him. We must not leave our houses exposed to the attacks of the evil one but first seek God in protecting the perimeters of our houses. Inviting the presence of the Lord will provide peace, love and harmony in the home.
4. Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house. Proverbs 24:27 niv
“Work and then build” is the advice that the wise King Solomon is offering in this verse. This is an instructional method which will serve to guarantee success in building a house. With this instruction, it is best to work and accumulate the necessary resources before constructing a house.
When we adopt this strategy, it will provide us with good guidance in acquiring and managing resources so that there will be minimal error or waste of valuable time, effort and resources.
5. Say to him: ‘Long life to you! Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours!. 1 Samuel 25:6 niv
This conversation between Nabal and David shows the significance in expressing well wishes in prosperity. Nabal was not a man of God but as a true ambassador for Christ, it was pertinent that David extend his blessings as a good neighbour.
A peaceful home is the aspiration of all of us. Our duty is not just to be grateful for our individual blessings and prosperity, but to bless the house of others and wish them well.
6. Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24 niv
This figurative expression is likened unto the wisdom and strength gained when one stands firmly in obedience to the word of God. This expression is used appropriately as a house that is built with substandard materials can easily be destroyed by the natural elements such as the storms, wind and rain. The house that is built with materials of strength and durability will be able to stand firmly amidst the currents of life.
We are encouraged to build our houses on a firm foundation with the right strength, structure and dimensions.
7. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety. Psalms 4:8 niv
When we place our trust and confidence in God, we can be guaranteed that the abiding peace of God will be with us as we sleep. David had the assurance from God that He is always with him so as a result he can sleep comfortably in his bed. He’s not overcome by fear as God has given him peace and tranquility.
We too can trust God to protect us as we rest in His love for us knowing that we are guarded from the attacks of the enemy. God knows the plans that He has for all of us, He also knows all the plans of the enemy and as a result He wants us to dedicate our dwelling place to Him, so that He can cover us with His shield of protection.
8. I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD Almighty. Haggai 2:7 niv
Here Haggai predicted the victory of the Roman empire and the fulfillment of their greatest desire which was to see the Messiah. The focus on this house was not just on its magnificent structure and beautiful furnishings, but that it will be filled with the glory of God. This was not just the symbolic presence of God, but Christ Himself will dwell among His people.
There is nothing as comforting as the presence of God in our house. When we invite Him in our homes on a daily basis and also through the housewarming exercise, He’ll then give sweet peace and assurance. By this we know that we are sheltered from harm as we are surrounded by God’s mighty arms of love and care.
9. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels. Psalms 122:7 niv
Most of our houses are constructed with walls around us. This material is selected for its strength, durability and protection. This prayer of David also refers to wherever one dwells, not just the physical walls. His desire is to see individuals reside in a structure where they can be confident knowing that the abiding presence of God would always be with them. A tranquil environment filled with God’s abiding presence speaks of the goodness of God towards His people.
The acquisition of a house is a tremendous blessing and having the assurance of God’s protection makes it an even more comfortable dwelling. When we are aware of God’s encircling protection around our house, we can rest comfortable knowing that we are not alone.
10. Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign LORD, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.”2 Samuel 7:28-29 niv
This is such an excellent prayer of adoration and praise that is appropriate for a housewarming function.
All the successes that we have gained or whatever we have acquired comes as a result of the goodness of God towards us. Many can praise God for this gift of owning a new house as it signals the end of their tenancy or moving away from parents and other family members.
This acknowledgement from David is a fulfillment of God’s promise and he gives glory to God for the manifestation of his favour in his life. David penned these words as a reminder to us of the importance of expressing gratitude to God for His many blessings in our lives. We might sometimes boast in our capabilities and resources in finally owning a house, but nothing that we acquire is gained in our own strength. God is the giver of all good gifts.
11. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places,in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest. Isaiah 32:18 niv
In this verse Isaiah made reference to the Jews and Gentiles who would one day settle in peaceful abode, where they will be free from all the attacks from the enemy. They will enjoy the peace and quietness which the Lord will give as they will abide in peace and safety free from all threats and disturbances.
There are many trials in our world that sometimes threaten our peace. Life’s vicissitudes sometimes rob us of our peace and contentment but here, this scripture is reassuring us that when we look to God, His abiding presence will be with us in our habitations.
12. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. Hebrews 3:4 niv
Every house must have a builder, but God is the master builder. With this acknowledgement, it is important to recognize God’s continued faithfulness towards mankind. God is the creator of all things and as soon as we acknowledge His sovereignty and power, we will realize that we are just stewards here on this earth.
God is our source of strength and all the resources that we utilize in building our houses are gained through the consistency of His daily provisions which he continues to outpour on us. Many can even testify of how God led them in this house project so that they can now be grateful for its successful completion.
13. I have indeed built a magnificent temple for you, a place for you to dwell forever.1 Kings 8:13 niv
Solomon’s dedication of the temple in Jerusalem was even more significant than the actual building of the temple. The dedication of the holy edifice as outlined in this verse showed great appreciation and reverence to God. In celebration of God’s provision, persons, including the priest gathered and offered sacrifices to God as they prayed for His abiding presence, not just for that moment but that God’s presence will dwell with them forever.
This scripture admonishes us to dedicate our house to God and pray that His continuous presence will abide in our homes forever. It is also good to invite members of the clergy, friends and families to share in this momentous and joyful experience as adoration and praise are expressed to the Almighty God.
14. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15 niv
This verse in scripture focuses on showing full allegiance to God. It is always important to allow persons to make choices and here Joshua is boldly expressing the choice he has taken for himself and his household. Joshua had experienced God’s mighty power in his life, and having a firm purpose in deciding to serve God was the best decision he could have taken in representing Christ. Joshua knew that having a personal relationship with God will ensure the physical and spiritual well-being of himself and his family as they dwell in their home.
It is also important to dedicate the lives of the occupants of the household as well. The entertainment and conversations should also meet the approval of holy angels as they hover over the structure providing sweet peace so that it can reflect the Heavenly home.
“There is no place like home”. God wants to bless our homes and pour out His abundant goodness in our lives so that we can experience His peace as we rest comfortably in our haven. Owning a house is a significant achievement and God wants us to celebrate this special milestone. God values the happiness of His children as they experience this great accomplishment. Throughout the scriptures we also realize that building a house or a temple for the Lord was done methodically under the guidance of God. Let us continue to build not just our houses, but our lives on Him.
A house is where God longs to dwell as the safety and comfort of His children are important to Him. Seeking God’s blessings first and foremost is an awesome decision that far exceeds the approval from friends and families, who will commend you on the great design and furnishings.
God wants to guard your house so that it will be impenetrable to the enemy. May each door you open reminds you that Jesus Christ is the door who offers salvation and a safe pasture (John 10:9). May each window you gaze through encourage you to trust God as He continues to pour out His daily blessings (Malachi 3:10). As you open your gate to invite others to your home, may you look forward to the day when you will enter by the gates of the city (Rev 22:11) where you will reign and live forever with Jesus in His heavenly home.
May God continually bless your beautiful home. May each family member and visitor who enter your dwelling experience God’s love, warmth and His amazing presence. May it also be a place of peace, happiness and contentment.
Congratulations! Happy housewarming.