A Palatial Estate

Jon Opgenorth

Read: Psalm 84

How lovely is your dwelling place! (v. 1)

I have visited some amazing homes, but none compare to Paul Baraka’s outside Namusaala, Uganda. By North American standards, Paul’s place is modest at no more than 20 x 20 feet and a few small rooms. I entered with our Iowa team and sat in a cramped living room. Paul was weak from old age but eager to welcome. This was no ordinary visit. Before we left, Paul shifted from the couch to the floor where he moved from guest to guest on his knees, washing our feet with a rag in his hands and a blessing on his lips. What an honor!

That’s the picture sung in the words of Psalm 84 as the verses reflect the staggering privilege of being welcomed into God’s dwelling. Can you see travel-weary pilgrims singing these lines as they make their way up the temple mount in Jerusalem and through the temple courts? “How lovely is your dwelling place” (v. 1), “Blessed are those who dwell in your house” (v. 4). Just to be a doorkeeper (v. 10) in God’s house is better than the best tent the world can offer!

Because of Christ, we are given the staggering privilege of being welcomed into God’s dwelling (Heb. 4:14-16). Jesus welcomes us to his Father’s house and washes our feet (John 13). We are beloved of the Father, cleansed by the Son, and filled with his Spirit. No matter what earthly house you call home, you are always welcome to dwell with your heavenly Father. —Jon Opgenorth

As you pray, thank Jesus for opening the Father’s house to you.