Just Give Me Heaven
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”
The most beloved Psalm in the Bible, Psalm 23, closes with the familiar, comforting words, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” …..
To help us understand what King David meant when he wrote this, we need to consider the story of his life. He was living with the end in mind …..
In David’s day, the official place of worship was still the old tabernacle, dating from the time of Moses. When David set up his capital in Jerusalem, he was bothered about living in a house of cedar while the ark “dwelleth within curtains” (2 Samuel 7:2), in other words, a tent. He decided to build a temple for the Lord, but this was not God’s plan. God’s plans did include the eventual construction of the temple; but He made it clear that David’s circumstances weren’t right for the sacred task. According to (1 Chronicles 28:2–3), David’s role as a warrior made him unsuitable for the role of temple-builder. In God’s plan, David’s son Solomon would build the house for His glory (v.6) …..
With that backdrop, consider again what David was saying at the end of Psalm 23 ~ “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”….. I can just imagine in my own thoughts, him essentially thinking, “I may not get to build the temporary home for the ark of the Lord, but I be with the Lord in the permanent home and we will be together forever” …..
Now, those are just my thoughts there, however, we can clearly look at David’s confidence as he declares, “I will dwell.” He understood this was not a temporary visit, but that he would be at home “in the house of the Lord forever.” He knew he was moving into what Jesus called “my Father’s house” (John 14:2). The Bible gives us many clues about heaven, and they all add up to this great idea: We’re going home! We will finally be where we were designed to spend eternity, and forever! What greater hope is there?
Heaven was made for God’s children, and we were made for it. What (Revelation 21:1) calls a “new heaven and a new earth” isn’t some alternative plan God worked out when humans fell into sin. Heaven was the plan and destination for believers all along …. And the beauty of this promise is found in (v.4): “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” ….
How much I cling to this promise when I find myself hurting over the petty things that hurt me and cause me sorrow. I believe with all my heart that the Word of God is truth, and His promises; all of them, will come to pass just as He has promised. I can have hope even in the midst of my deepest sorrows that these too shall pass, and a better time awaits me. I simply must stay on the path and trust God, and continue to be obedient, even when I cannot see past my tears.
This last word just might be the very best word in the whole psalm: “forever” ….
In conclusion; life on earth is short, and the deadline is coming fast. Eternity is racing upon us. Soon the clock will stop, and time shall be no more. As the old hymn “Amazing Grace” says so beautifully, “When we’ve been there ten thousand years, / Bright shining as the sun, / We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise / Than when we’d first begun.”
If you have received Jesus’ forgiveness by repenting and confessing your sins, and turning your heart, will and life over to Him; you too can declare like David, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” There is no better end to have on your mind as you walk through this life. If you have not yet made that decision; there is no better time than this present moment, as it is written: “behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Would you please pray with me now ~
Dear God in heaven; I humbly come to You right now in the name of Jesus. I confess and acknowledge that I am a sinner and ask You to be merciful to me. I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived and I need Your forgiveness. I believe that You gave Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ; who shed His precious blood on the cross and died for my sins, and I am now willing to be washed in His blood and turn from my sins. I believe that You said in Your Word
“that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” so right now God, I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart I believe that You raised Jesus from the dead, and this very moment I surrender my life and accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Saviour and according to His word right now I am saved by His grace. Thank You Jesus for Your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank You Jesus and I ask You now to transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to You alone and not myself. Thank You for my eternal life with You. Amen …..
Glory Hallelujah! Praise God! If you have prayed this prayer; Welcome Home my brothers and sisters!! The angels are rejoicing … “I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” (Luke 15:10). You now have hope …. you are assured a future and we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever …..
Father, I thank You for the hope and comfort it gives me when You say that Your children will live in Your house forever. Help me rejoice in Your plans even when mine are different and I do not understand Yours. I thank You for always being good and merciful to me, even when I slip up and am sometimes underserving. I thank You for Your Son, whose sacrifice made this possible for me to dwell with You forever. And thank You for the new brothers and sisters that you have given me this day, and who shall now be with You in heaven. I pray that You would continue to speak to me that I might guide them with the words that You give each day. In Jesus holy name I pray, amen.
God is with us …. God bless you!