I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever

Recently we concluded our summer series on Psalm 23. I believe the final part of the final verse is a very powerful ending to that famous Psalm. David said “I will” and that phrase is an emphatic certainty. It is NOT hope so, think so or maybe. David’s hope was founded on faith in the goodness and mercy of almighty God.

The Old Testament shepherds knew no permanent dwelling place. They made their homes in the fields watching over their sheep.  They sought good pastures and safe places for their flocks. David, the shepherd said that his heavenly expectations were an eternal HOUSE in which he would dwell with his God.

The New Testament paints a similar hope for us as believers.

John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  2In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 

I hope everyone who reads this blog has that same expectation. When I get to my heavenly home I will never have my mail forwarded, I won’t have to carry storm or fire insurance, I won’t have bad neighbors and there never be a housing crisis in Heaven. I feel for people who believe their salvation is not permanent. My Bible talks about eternal life, everlasting life and never perishing life.

Just as the psalmist promised that goodness and mercy would follow him so we ought to realize that we need leave that kind of legacy for others to follow when we are off the scene. As Steve green sang in the chorus of his great song:

Oh, may all who come behind us find us faithful
May the fire of our devotion light their way
May the footprints that we leave lead them to believe
And the lives we live inspire them to obey
Oh, may all who come behind us find us faithful

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