The Dwelling of God Within Us
One thing I ask of the Lord;, this I seek: To dwell in the Lord’s house all the days of my life . . .
When we think of a house, we think of a building of some kind inhabited by a family. What comes to my mind when I read this passage is that I am dwelling of God. Also, God dwells in other people, as well as in nature. This passage is so powerful! The author of this Psalm, David, is asking to always be aware of God and to keep his mind focused on God. As His children, where else should we turn?
However, as most of us are aware, we often go other places for the help we need. We become self important and want to be in control of everything. This the time when we need to remember this verse, re-commit ourselves to God, and remember all He has done for us. We must remember that His love is constant and strong He is waiting for us to return to Him, just like the father waited in the story of the prodigal son. If you read that story closely, you will see that the father comes running to the son even before the son can finish apologizing. That same love is available to us.
When I talked to my spiritual advisor last week, I talked about God being the reason I am here on earth. He is the reason I am living. My only purpose in life is to try and love God and my neighbor with my heart, soul and mind and to love myself (in a healthy way). There is no other reason I am alive.
This is why this Psalm means so much to me. It expresses the deep desire of my heart, which is to always be connected to God. It is encouraging to know that, even when I fail—which I am sure to do—I will always have a loving God to welcome me home.
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