Dwelling

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.”

Psalm 90:1

I was reading through this Psalm and this verse caught my attention. I have been looking through Scripture at texts about dwelling in the presence of God. This one caught my eye, because it speaks to the fact that his presence is just as relevant a place to dwell in as it’s always been. That being said, I just knew that this chapter would have some clues as to how to remain in His presence, because of the longevous nature of the opening verse. Here’s the clues I found in psalm 90:

  1. MAKE THE MOST of this LIFE (verse 12 – “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom”) Not in an existentialist way, but in a way that sees you live out the way God has designed the adventure of life to be for you. Be well aware that this life is finite, and we’re to “get it in” while we can, making the most of each day.
  2. FIND your TOTAL SATISFACTION in HIM (verse 14 – “Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we mayrejoice and be glad all our days.”). There are so many things that vow to fulfill our satisfactions’ cry. Advertising thrives on trying to make you need something that you don’t, and then tries to satisfy, only for you to find out that there’s a new model of what you once had in a few months. He is the same: yesterday, today and forever. He fully satisfies, and is all we need. No updates.
  3. TAKE TIME to APPRECIATE GOD in YOUR DAILY ACTIVITIES (verse 16 – “Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.”) Take in the wonder of all creation. Take in the relationships you have all around you. Think of life and the chance that he gave you to breathe a new breath today. He shows his work, but sometimes we fail to acknowledge his glorious power – take time to do that right now.
  4. FAVOUR in His PALMS (verse 17 – “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establishthe work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!”) If we rest in His hands of favour, he will establish the work of ours? I like that. I know it’s a tough choice to make each day, but as we move out from our own capabilities being our source of favour and learn to listen, trust and move according to his voice, we’d be in a much better place. That place? His presence.

LORD, despite our geographical location, let Your presence be our dwelling place today.

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