(James Smith, “A Devotional Glimpse at Psalm 23“) Play Audio! Download Audio
“I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever!” Psalm 23:6
Notice, David’s expectation for eternity. Not in the sheepfold in the wilderness, but in the house of the Lord! The dwelling-place of God, the family residence of the Father of mercies and His beloved children. In that house, we shall have . . .
all our desires gratified,
all our prayers answered, and
our highest expectations more than realized!
There we shall dwell in peace, united to all the saints, and enjoying the society of all the ransomed brethren! All friendship will be unchangeable, and fellowship perpetual and pure.
There we shall dwell and worship–and our worship will be spiritual, pure, and perfect!
We shall dwell and enjoy–and our enjoyments will be dignified, delightful, and eternal.
There we shall dwell and obey–and our obedience will be perfect, hearty, and perpetual.
We shall dwell and rest–and our rest will be sweet, refreshing, and satisfying.
There will be no wilderness storms there.
And no cruel, crafty, malignant foes there.
O glorious prospect! O sweet anticipation!
In our Father’s house are many mansions; and all those mansions will be occupied, for . . .
every one beloved and chosen by the Father,
for whom Jesus became a substitute and sacrifice,
and born of the Spirit, will be there!
All God’s children shall be there–not one of them lost!
God’s sheep shall be there–not one hoof left behind!
There the Eternal Father will be surrounded by, and enjoy the society of all His happy family.
The glorious Savior will see of the travail of His soul, and be fully and forever satisfied.
There the Holy Spirit will fill all His temples, and enjoy His divine workmanship, and the presence of all whom He has prepared for glory.
Jehovah, at home with His people–will manifest forth His glory, and pour floods of light, love, and blessing upon them forever!
Well then may the Psalmist say, “In Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand are eternal pleasures!”
Let us often think of home!
This vain world is not our rest.
Here on earth, we have no continuing city.
Home, the home of the believer’s heart, is in the skies . . .
where Jesus is,
where love is perfect,
and always a full tide of joy,
where God displays all his glory,
and grace satisfies the utmost desires of every renewed soul!
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