Psalm 23:6b “and through the length of my days, the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.”
David completes verse six with knowing that he will “dwell in the house of the Lord for ever (KJV)”. Home. What a comfort that word brings. Yet, this home means so much more, it means dwelling in the presence of the Lord, being fully satisfied by His presence, not just for a moment here or there as in this life but forever, constantly, without end.
David tells us that,”The Lord knows the days of the upright and blameless and their heritage will abide forever in Christ” Psalm 17:18 AMP.” Forever in Him, that is what David wanted and desired above all. Even those many years before our Savior’s birth, death, and resurrection David knows that only on God’s presence could there be full satisfaction. David came to know the Lord’s presence as he sat out in the fields guarding the sheep, as he led them besides still waters, and as he made them to lie down in the green pastures. He learned how to be in the secret places of the Lord’s presence as he meditated on the Word of God that he hid in his heart. There under the stars he came to really know the Lord and to known the satisfaction that His presence brings. And now he writes of dwelling there forever in his life, in his heart, and finally in eternal life. David learned to know God’s love and this makes him want to live in the Lord’s presence continually. David wrote this about the Lord:
“How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge And put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They relish and feast on the abundance of Your house; and You cause them to drink of the stream of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life, in Your light do we see light. O continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You, Your righteousness (salvation) to the upright in heart.” Psalm 36:7-10 AMP
Jesus, the Light of the world, gave His life for us and gave life to us because of the goodness and love of God. God has called us into union with Christ and into communion with Him. Our union and communion are eternal, forever. Once we have received Him into our hearts accepting His death and resurrection as payment for our sins we can be sure of all that we have in Him.
We seek to find satisfaction on the earth in various ways, with varied things and people, but when we clearly know His presence we see how all else lacks in satisfying. It is when we realize this, that we too look forward to dwelling forever in His presence and knowing the full satisfaction that this brings.
We are told in John 14 of the Father’s house and the many rooms there. Jesus tells us that He goes away to prepare a place for us and promises His return. It is in heaven that we will truly know what it means to be satisfied in Him as we will truly rest in His presence and fully know His love.
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons, with the shout of an archangel, and with the blast of the trumpet of God. And those who have departed this life in Christ will rise first. Then we the living ones who remain [on this earth], shall simultaneously be caught up along with [the resurrected dead] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so always (through the eternity of the eternities) we shall be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 AMP
There is that foreverness in the “always,” in the description of the word as “the eternity of the eternities.” Can you say with David that you too will dwell in the house of the Lord forever?
This future hope helps me make it through the rough times. But, it is everyday that I need to know more of His presence in my life. I need His satisfying presence moment by moment.