And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever! (Psalm 23:6)
“And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”
The pursuit of satisfaction is one of the most common conflicts of the human heart. History tells us of a King who sought satisfaction and what he met along the way. Intellectually he had no rival, he drank of the finest of wines and the feasts were so lavish that a country could have fed for a week upon what was presented at his dining room table in one night. He experienced romance with the most beautiful women and held respect and prestige throughout the entire world. Money was no object, and luxury became commonplace compared to the extravagance of this man’s lifestyle. In all of this you would think this guy had all the right ingredients for the recipe of satisfaction, but you’d be wrong. After all the wisdom, wonder, indulgence, and success this man penned the words:
“So I became great and excelled more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me. Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart rejoiced in all my labor; and this was my reward from all my labor. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and on the labor in which I had toiled; and indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun.”
You see, God divinely blessed King Solomon with wealth, wisdom, and wandering.
“What do you mean by wandering?” You might ask.
Charles Spurgeon said this of Solomon, “The wisest of men was permitted to make experiments for us all, and to do for us what we must not dare to do for ourselves.“
Solomon wandered through the vast pleasures of life looking for a purposeful satisfaction. The interesting thing is he received lengthy instruction from his father, King David, the man after God’s own heart, on where and how to find this purposeful satisfaction.
“And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.” He wrote so that those who followed would know.
It’s by dwelling with the Lord that we find our purpose
And it’s in His house that satisfaction is found
The times in life that I have wondered what my purpose was in life have always been answered when I stopped looking to this world and started looking in His Word. When I came to church and purposefully sought the Lord in His house. At church is where we have access to God’s word, and God has access to us through worship. That’s why it’s so important to come away from the hustle and bustle of life and present ourselves before the Lord.
Many people have needlessly wandered through the journey that Solomon went on. They move from pleasure to pleasure in a pursuit to fill the void they experience in their hearts. The only problem is outward experiences will never bring lasting satisfaction to the inward conditions of the heart.
That’s why the King of Kings came down from heaven to dwell among us. Jesus Christ, God Himself, came down and became one of us. Fully divine in Holiness never committing a sin, yet fully human in the flesh, He gave His innocent life so that all who were guilty of sin might have hope. Through faith in His completed work of salvation we can enjoy the eternal destination of His house forever…Heaven.
When you place your faith in the work that Jesus did on the cross His spirit comes and makes His home in your heart…satisfying you. He goes on to dwell with you so that one day you might express that which King David believed and confessed:
“And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever!”
Spurgeon, Charles H.: Morning and Evening: Daily Readings. Complete and unabridged; New modern edition. Peabody, MA : Hendrickson Publishers, 2006, S. December 2 PM