Twenty years ago, we were trying to build the home we live are currently living in. We faced obstacle after obstacle and ended up waiting four and a half years before we could even begin breaking ground to build our home. During that time, the Lord directed me to Psalm 84 and I learned that my dwelling place is in Him.
How lovely is your dwelling place,
O LORD of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, faints
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O LORD of hosts,
my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
ever singing your praise! Selah
Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
As they go through the Valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
each one appears before God in Zion.
O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
Behold our shield, O God;
look on the face of your anointed!
For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
O LORD of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in you!
(Psalm 84 ESV)
How quickly I forget! Today a dear friend sent me an article by Nancy Wilson on Psalm 84 and the article convicted me to recall the faithfulness of the Lord. Once again I was reminded where my dwelling place really is.
We are in a new season of life. A season where our children grown, married, and having their own children. A glorious season of grandchildren and grandparenting. A season where my husband has a new job in a different city. A season where driving almost forty miles each way to go to work and to church is getting difficult for us. A season of change.
We need to sell the lovely home we longed for and built twenty years ago and move to a home nearer my husband’s work, our daughter’s family, and our church. It’s is going to be sad to leave this home. We’ve lived so much life here. Yet, we know it is time to move on and look forward to all the Lord has for us in our new home.