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Homesick For Heaven (Psalm 84)

I have become a little homesick. Not homesick to  go back to my childhood but homesick for Heaven.

Psalm 84: 1-2
How lovely is your dwelling place,
Lord Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.

There is something about the holiday season that causes me to reminisce on my childhood and the time I got to spend with family that is no longer on this earth. Those times were carefree, and I didn’t really comprehend the struggles of this world. As I read Psalm 84, I’m reminded that our God is great and mighty and is bringing us back to a place of joyous relationship with Him!

I’m inspired by this psalm. God has prepared a place for us, and even though I might not completely grasp how great it is, I long for the day to be in His presence. Because of that, I praise Him even in the struggles and the hurts of this world. I pray to Him when I’m confused, beaten down and broken.

I’m encouraged by the truth in Psalm 84 that God is my everything and I am precious in His sight. There is nothing sweeter to a child’s ear than hearing someone say their name and that they are proud of them. Because of that, I have become a little homesick. Not homesick to go back to my childhood but homesick for Heaven. And as scripture points out, living daily for Him is worth it and I long to hear Him say my name.

Because of that, I trust when it doesn’t make sense to the world to trust. I forgive when it doesn’t make sense to offer forgiveness and I’m faithful when others choose not to be. I long for the day when I get to see Jesus face to face and until then, I want to live a life for Him. Psalm 84:10 “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.”

Questions to think about as you read Psalm 84:1-2:

How often do I remind myself that I am a child of God?

  • Do I trust God to lead my life?
  • Do I pray to with confidence?
  • Do I recognize that nothing of this earth can compare to being in the presence of God?

 

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