“Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple!” Psalm 65:4
“But as for me, it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge; that I may tell of all your works.”
“O LORD, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells.” Psalm 26:8
I’m thinking this morning on the wonder of being able to dwell in the presence of God. He draws us in and shows us His heart, not for a moment, but for a lifetime. Once we are reconciled through Christ and brought near to the throne of grace, we are never cast out of His presence. We can stay there forever. We can remain in the place where our soul is most satisfied, where we experience the supreme goodness and grace of the God who created all things.
“My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips” (Psalm 63:5). This is the life before us as we choose to love and serve the God of the Universe. Our soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food. Meaning, we are not settling for less here. This isn’t like a diet where you’re constantly wishing for something better but knowing that the end result will pay off. This is more like a rich, endless buffet of unbelievably wonderful food. The best you’ve ever had. Where you never want it to end because you can’t imagine anything measuring up to it.
Jesus commands us to abide in Him, to abide in His love and keep His commandments. I love the reasoning He gives us: “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11). It relates to the verse in Psalm 63. There is joy here. Unspeakable, abundant joy. Your mouth will praise the Lord not out of obligation or habit, but out of true joy. Because His joy has been placed in you, and that joy can’t be shaken by anything that happens on earth. It takes focus on our part and a decision to abide in Christ, to fix our eyes on Him and remember the character and glory of our God, but when we make that choice, He fills us with all of Himself and our fears are washed away as His perfect love floods our heart.
For us it is good to be near God. We are coming to know how blessed we are to be brought near to the court of the Most High. Because we are finding greater satisfaction and joy here than we’ve ever known. The purpose, the peace, the joy we searched for in everything else has finally been found, here in the presence of the Lord our Righteousness. It wasn’t in attaining pleasures we see everyone else fighting for and losing themselves in. It was in surrendering our lives and attaining Christ, a treasure that far surpasses all others. So our mouths praise with joyful lips. We love the habitation of our Lord’s house and the place where His glory dwells. Because this is our everlasting joy.