Psalms 84:1-2. “How lovely is thy dwelling place, O Lord, my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God”.
One always appreciates home more after being away. The psalmist had been away from the house of God for too long. Upon his return he celebrated the great autumn Festival of Tabernacles. The psalmist sought the Lord as a worshiper in the temple, as a pilgrim in life and as a prodigal having been away from home. Where are you in your pilgrimage with the Lord? We may be physically close to a church but spiritually far away from God.
Do you long for God’s house? The Temple provided an elaborate setting for worship. The Jews made their pilgrimages to Jerusalem. God’s dwelling provides a place of rest. Have you ever felt the need for rest at your home? Do we enjoy God’s home with same freedom?
David cried, “One thing have I asked of the Lord that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His Temple” Psalm 27:4.
Do you accept God’s help? One should not forget God’s promise to Isaiah, “Fear not, I will help thee” Isaiah 41:13. Abraham traveled. Amos served God. Jesus journeyed to Jerusalem. Paul sailed the Mediterranean. God helps us get home to Him. Some of you are on life’s journey passing through a desert. You have crossed the barren terrain of hurts and misunderstandings. Good news awaits you. The psalmist promises God’s strength will come. In all of life’s journeys God will help us. He will be with us and in us, because He loves us.
David concluded Psalm 84 with a word of commendation. “Blessed is the man who trusts in you” Psalm 84:12. Job learned to trust God no matter what the circumstances Job 3:15. Solomon discovered this simple truth: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight” Proverbs 3:5-6.
You “Matter” to God, and You “Matter” to me. Read Psalm 84
Because He Is, I Am