Reflection March 19
One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
Have you ever opened your Bible and after reading it, you either don’t know what you just read or it seems dry? You get frustrated because we want Scripture to come alive but many times it doesn’t? This has been me most of my life. I was raised in church, taught to read my Bible everyday yet it became a routine, mundane, and at times, even annoying.
Ironically enough, I’ve been a student of the Word for 7.5 years. I thought that I could know God and experience Him via my head knowledge. School quickly become frustrating and boring as I sought God through books. I began to seek my identity in my grades and how much I could impress people by what I knew. All of this was empty and sadly led me down a very dark path full of pain and separation from those I love the most. I was desperately seeking something, but what? I was filling that void with sin and false affirmation.
What I really longed for was exactly what the Psalmist said in verse 4; to dwell in God’s house. I was blinded by pride and wounds that remained within the recesses of my heart from my childhood and early adult life. Thankfully the Lord is persistent and stopped at nothing in His pursuit of me; His child. It was through a fast that God took my small mustard seed of faith and not only moved, but destroyed mountains in my life. This passage came alive as I read it. I encourage all who are reading this reflection today, to read the passage out loud, to pray it to God and allow the Spirit a voice in your heart. For me, this has become a passion in my life, my focus and my inheritance. The AMP version says that we seek to dwell in God’s presence all of our lives, in His delightful loveliness and majestic grandeur. As I write this that beautiful truth comes alive in my heart.
It is our deepest need and desire to be in His presence and when we do, God does in fact protect us. He restores our identity in Him and fills us with an overwhelming peace and joy. When, not if, trouble comes, since we have dwelt in His presence, we have that sense of a covering or as the psalmist says, a hiding place (vs. 5). Nothing compared to a relationship in the majestic presence of our Creator. The enemy will try almost anything to pull you off course, but stay true and do not fear for our God is mightier than the enemy. Continue to dwell in His presence and earnestly seek Him all of your life and He will lift you up on a firm foundation, upon the truth of who God is and who we are in God.