March 01, 2022
“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.” (Psalm 90:1)
Where do you live? You may respond to that with an address, defining the physical place of your primary dwelling. You go to many places, but you live there.
A MORE SECURE HOME
Moses reminds us in this Psalm that God himself has been the dwelling place of his true children forever. It is only in him that we are at rest, at home, safe and secure.
Later, Jesus would call us to abide in Him (John 25). We are to lean back into him and remain there. Only in His presence do we find what our soul needs. He is our place of refuge and strength.
A NEW DEFINITION
The believer’s home is not a place, but a person. Even eternally, we speak of heaven. But Jesus told his disciples as he left this earth that he was preparing a place for them in heaven that “where I am, there you may be also.” Our dwelling place is wherever He is. We are literally in Him.
If we fail to realize this, we will dart like homeless people down every dark street and dead-end alley. We will find ourselves eating the corn husks of the world, never satisfied, always anxiously looking for more.
We search for a place, thinking we need the world’s remedy for our restlessness. But our souls are restless until they find their rest in Him, as Augustine said. When we learn to enter His presence, we are at peace in any storm. Our circumstances don’t have to be settled or unchaotic for us to be at rest. For we are in God and God is in us. We are one with Him and that is enough in any environment. We never lack for a place to be at rest for we can lean our head on Jesus at any moment.
Lord, help me to enter into You. To live with you in conscious awareness with no interruption. To abide. To pray without ceasing, enjoying continual communion. Let me turn from my restless search for that which is temporary and fleeting. Set my soul down in You and satisfy me there. And then, precious Father, let me be busy to bring others to You, knowing that You alone are to be their solitary dwelling place.
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