READ : Psalm 23
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:6b NKJV)
Recently I became a first-time homeowner. No more dead money (rent); no more living out of boxes! Yet this home too is temporary. The Lord’s house is my permanent residence.
Like sheep we can experience here and now seasons in the Lord’s nearer presence. Unlike sheep, however, we don’t end our days in the slaughterhouse or rotting in the open field. The Lord we follow leads us all the way back to his home. There we reside forever.
Rejoice, dear sheep of the Lord. Life in the flock has just begun. We’ve tasted the shepherd’s love. It’s been heaven begun below. The nourishment we’ve received is just the appetizer of glory. Whether there will be Bibles in heaven we can’t be sure, but the Word of God will certainly be there. Never again will we face the elements, the enemies that harass, or the fears that intimidate. We shall forevermore be treated by our Shepherd as his sons and daughters. When our faith gives way to sight, the trust that lies at the heart of faith will be complete.
O love that wilt not let me go, I rest my weary soul on thee, I give thee back the life I owe, that in thine ocean depths its flow may richer, fuller be. (George Matheson, 1842-1906)