DayBreaks for 9/29/14 – At Home
Psalm 23:5 (NKJV) – Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.
I have recently seemed to become a road warrior. No, not like the old Mel Gibson movie, but a frequent traveler. I’m not done yet. I won’t be for a few weeks. But right now, today…I am home. And it is wonderful!!! Though I was blessed with my most recent trip, how grateful I am to be home again!
What is home? It is, to be sure, the walls that surround us to protect us from the elements. It is the roof overhead that keeps things from falling on us and shields us from the hot sun or cold snow. It is a warm room, cozy and bright on a cold day, with adequate sustenance in the larder.
But those things aren’t really “home”, are they? They may be a “house”, but a house is not “home”. Home is the arms of your loved one(s), the lilt in their voice, the catch-light in their eyes, the upward curl of the corners of their mouth when they see you. Home is (at least it should be) being surrounded and enveloped in love.
I’ve been to Jerusalem and seen what they believe are the ruins of king David’s palace at the City of David. It was situated nearly at the point of a hill commanding a spectacular view. But it wasn’t really the home that David was longing for. I’m sure there were many times he came home from battle, perhaps even bearing wounds from the fighting, and he was very, very glad to enter his palace again. But I suspect that in the back of his mind, he always had a better, grander home-coming in mind: the day that he’d walk into the house of the Lord…forever.
In this Psalm David has talked about the goodness of the Shepherd and rightfully so, but for every blessing (not wanting, green pastures, still waters, restored strength and soul, His presence in the dark valley, the feast table set in the presence of the enemies), there is a subtle reminder that these are blessings which are offset by needs: things we need for live, food, water, weariness, mortality and enemies who surround us.
But, when David walks through that valley (in the Presence of the Shepherd and under his guidance and protection), he will wind up in the house of the Lord. And never again will David be hungry, thirsty, tired, or have enemies who can threaten. Never. Again. Ever.
That residence isn’t held out as an option only for kings, queens and princes. It is held out for the ordinary human, the beggar, even for thieves dying on crosses. It is there. It is real. It is just barely out of my sight now, but growing slightly more clear and closer with each passing year.
At the end of a life, what a delight to know as we take our last breath: “And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord….forever.”
PRAYER: Jesus, Lord God, Holy Spirit…how delightful it is to contemplate being home in Your house and never, ever having to leave! We praise You for Your promises and for the words of our brother, David! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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