Psalm 84: The Dwelling of God

Psalm 84:1 (BCP)

How dear to me is your dwelling, O LORD of hosts!
My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.

I’m grateful for the God-focused nature of this psalm start. This psalmist expresses deep gratitude and longing for the presence of God and to be at home there. I like the word “dear.” Being at home in God, and God at home in me is precious and priceless. It is my heartbeat.

In New Testament language, I am humbled that the dwelling place of God is now in me by His Spirit. This body of mine is a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). The body of Christ which I am part of is a temple place (1 Corinthians 3:16). And I find an echo of this psalm prayer in how Paul prays for the church in Ephesus (3:16-19, TNIV):

16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

I’ve returned to this prayer time and time again over the last year or two. It fires my imagination to consider what my life and my community of faith would look like if this prayer were profoundly embodied in us. What if Christ was fully at home in our hearts through faith? What if we were deeply secure and solid in the love of God for us and our living a life of love in this world? What if we were mighty in our capacity to live in the measureless dimensions of God’s limitless love? What if we were truly filled as full as we can be of all God’s fullness? That might be a good thing!

Back to Psalm 84. In what ways have you been experiencing Christ making Himself more at home in you? Where are you hungry to know yourself more at home in Him? Why not take a moment to talk with Him about this?

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