Knowing Home

Jessica Bratt Carle

READ : Psalm 23

I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (v. 6)

I love Isaac Watts’ paraphrase of Psalm 23, “My Shepherd will Supply my Need,” especially the last verse: “The sure provisions of my God / Attend me all my days; / O may Thy house be my abode, / And all my work be praise. / There would I find a settled rest, / While others go and come; / No more a stranger, nor a guest, / But like a child at home.”

God’s presence is described as a safe sanctuary, a home where a beloved child rests in the secure knowledge of God’s love and care. Unlike a stranger or a guest, he can let his guard down and simply be himself. Home is where we know we belong.

Whether your childhood home was a stable place where you felt safe and loved, or a place filled with fear or sadness, you probably recall yearning for a sense of belonging, of being wanted, of being loved unconditionally. You probably still want that. We carry remnants of our childhood yearnings, whether fulfilled or unfulfilled, throughout our lives. Whether they’re our wounds or our triumphs, we may spend a lifetime trying to heal or to make sense of them.

God wants to be home for you wherever you go. God is the dwelling place where you are known, where you can discover wholeness in the midst of brokenness. May you know the deep love of the Lord who provides, protects, and consoles, and who always leaves the light on to welcome you back.


Lord, may we dwell in your house all of our days.