Sunday, March 16th, 2014
At Home In Heaven (Part 1)
Living With God
Lord, who may abide in Your Tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your Holy Hill?
Psalm 15:1 (NKJV)
Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your Holy Hill and to Your Tabernacle.
Psalm 43:3 (NKJV)
Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing,
Psalm 92:13-14 (NKJV)
King David was devoted to God. He never stopped thinking about Him. He expressed his passion in reading, writing, praying, playing, singing, talking, listening, pleading and petitioning--even venting to God. He feared Him, cheered Him, revered Him, sought Him and glorified Him.
He fought God's enemies, heeded God's prophets and followed God's king (Saul)--even to his own hurt. David made his desire perfectly clear: He wanted to live with God today, tomorrow... and always.
'One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the House of the Lord all the days of my life' (Psalm 27:4). 'I will abide in Your Tabernacle forever' ('Psalm 61:4). 'My soul longs, yes, even faints for the Courts of the Lord' (Psalm 84:2). 'Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever' (Psalm 23:6).
Significantly, David did not want to wait until his death to live with God. He wanted to be with God 'All the days of my life, and... forever.'
David was an Old Testament hero in whom the Holy Spirit came to dwell. 'Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward' (1 Samuel 16:13).
For others, like Gideon and Samson, God's Spirit came upon them in times of need (but not necessarily to dwell). 'And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he tore the lion apart' (Judges 14:6).
But in David, 'A man after His Own Heart' (1 Samuel 13:14), God stayed. Even when David sinned with Bathsheba, God stayed--because David repented: 'Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me' (Psalm 51:11).
Although surrounded by trouble for most of his life, David lived in Heaven.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the At Home In Heaven series.