As we continue to settle into our new apartment, I am increasingly aware of my desire to feel settled in life. To have a home that’s ours; one we can paint, renovate, decorate, and know that when we unpack it can be for good.
This week, I am beginning to see that the consistency and belonging that I desire in my home is already available to me. Rather than waiting for the day to feel settled somewhere down the road; I’ve been challenged to replace that with a longing to dwell with God daily. Psalm 84 paints a beautiful picture of this longing:
“How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God…Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you…Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.”
Psalm 84:1-2, 4, 10
To the Psalmist, there is nothing better than being with God; all else pales in comparison. That’s what I want! Not to be clouded by my superficial desires, but to simply desire more of God. To long to love Him more than I long to breathe my next breath.
“I love the house where you live, O Lord, the place where your glory dwells.”