Synopsis Psalms 84:8-86:11 1/13/2022
The psalmist reflected on the goodness of God’s presence. He concluded that man’s highest good was to dwell in the presence of the Lord. Specifically, he compared the goodness of one day in God’s presence being better than thousands of days elsewhere.
Following this, the Korahite psalmist prayed that God would restore His chosen people. And he committed to listening to the word of the Lord. With this, he anticipated good things to once again come to the people.
Like you, I was born to dwell in God’s presence.
Yet, the greatest barrier to dwelling in His presence is the fear that I will be known – and rejected. In this way, fear enslaves me. It makes the most righteous and desirable thing known to man seem awful and deadly. Enslaved like this, I cannot honestly say, “Come Lord Jesus”.
Even so, my heart knows there is no other way to the fulness of life except the presence of God.
So, the battle rages.
I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people- and God himself will always be with them [as their God]. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, [for] the old order has passed away.” Rev 21:3-4