How lovely is your dwelling place,
2 My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God. (Psalm 84:1-2)
As a singer in the House of Prayer, I have had multiple opportunities to meditate on this portion of scripture. Yet, every time I do, I realize how little I know about this place where I long to dwell. It’s not so much a physical dwelling place, although I am sure Heaven is beyond description. When I read these verses, I immediately begin to think about the presence of the Lord. If I could see it, what would it look like? It must be full of light, radiating with colors that I’ve never seen before. It must be a warm place, which would cause me to want to snuggle up even closer. I am sure this place would create feelings in me I’ve never experienced before. Yet, I can go there. Any time I want. He has invited me in, to the place where His glory dwells. There I am changed as I am encountered by His love.
How lovely is Your dwelling place.
Here, the Psalmist is asking, “How beautiful is the place where You live, God”? Our minds cannot comprehend this beauty. Do you believe that you can see a glimpse of His beauty realm, the place where His glory dwells? When we ask of God, He will reveal His beauty to us. It’s the beauty of His manifest presence. And it’s continual! We can live in that place. We don’t have to wait until we die and go to Heaven. He desires to show us the beauty of His presence now!
My soul years, even faints for the courts of the LORD.
Our souls were made for one thing: for intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The Psalmist was craving God in this moment. When I read this portion of scripture, I think about my often unhealthy eating habits. How sometimes I use food to fill voids that were made to be filled by God alone. We can become so hungry for His presence, that we literally may feel like we are going to pass out or faint from the lack of it. We grow faint because of our great love for Him. The Psalmist had to be in the presence of the Lord! His soul could not bear to be without Him.
My heart and flesh cry out for the living God.
When I lack the fullness of His presence in my life, there is literally an ache in the deepest places of my heart. Those places were created to be filled by God. And when there is a void, I can feel the absence of His presence in my body. When I carry stress within, it manifests in my body. And even during times when I am abiding in His presence, my heart longs for the presence of the Lord to come and fill me with greater measure. Even when God is filling me up, my heart and flesh still yearn for the more. I must never be satisfied. I must have more!
Are you desiring to abide in His presence today? Are you faint with love and crying out for more of His presence? He is calling you to come and abide. He longs to show you the beauty of His dwelling place and to encounter you with His love. Allow Him to take you by the hand and lead you into His dwelling place.
*This is Day 12 of a 31 day series on “Abiding”. You can find all of my posts in this series here. And be sure to stop by some of the other 31Dayers. Over 700 bloggers have linked up so far! There is something for everyone!