Blessed are those you choose
and bring near to live in your courts!
We are filled with the good things of your house,
of your holy temple.
You crown the year with your bounty,
and your carts overflow with abundance.
The grasslands of the desert overflow;
the hills are clothed with gladness.
The meadows are covered with flocks
and the valleys are mantled with grain;
they shout for joy and sing.
Even when transition seems unexpected and overwhelming, God’s presence provides peace and security. Within about a year’s time, I went from being a single English teacher in Buenos Aires, with plans to stay in Argentina, to a married law student in Miami. There were several months where God was changing my heart and preparing me to leave a country I loved and give my heart to a man I was made to love. Those months brought plenty of tearful prayers as I lifted up plans and desires. I was uncomfortable not knowing what to do. But I tried to remember that God’s plan was good even when I couldn’t comprehend it.
Dwelling in the Lord daily does bring great abundance- the rejoicing and gladness described in Psalm 65- but it is not a passive absorption of gifts. We must come before our Father as He calls us and draws us near. As we seek our Lord and dwell in His truth, we serve Him. In Psalm 101, David demonstrates how dwelling means actively praising God, repenting of sin and fleeing from evil. Peace comes from clinging only to Lord (Ps. 63:8) and finding rest in Him alone (Ps. 62:1).
While the Lord promises to guide and protect those who dwell in Him, to dwell in the house of the Lord is itself the ultimate reward. Nothing is sweeter!
One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.