Dwelling Place

Life is transitory and change inevitable. That’s why, I think, we instinctively try to carve out permanence for ourselves – many of us in our physical homes. Home is where we live and breathe and return to. Home is where we dwell. But what is it that makes home home? I think of my own homes spanning multiple states, houses, and even people – my physical homes have never been permanent. Moses, too, persevered through many changes in home and life – from slavery to royalty to exile to leading the resistant and complaining people of God. And yet he says this:

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. ~ Psalm 90:1

Moses knew something that many of us have not yet grasped. Home is not bricks and mortar, nor GPS. It does not consist of matching furnishings or firmly constructed workmanship. Home is a person: the Lord. And home (the Lord) is forever, so permanent that He lasts throughout not just my lifetime but all generations – the ones that came before me and the ones I will not get to meet this side of heaven.

And knowing that the Lord is home, we begin to realize that it’s not the stuff but the spirit that is more important. When we choose to dwell in the Lord and make him our home, we sink down roots and grow. It is here that we are held firm though tossed by the waves of change and the storms of life. Home, when we dwell with the Lord, is where we are held fast by the invisible, safe and comforted in His presence.

Beloved, where have you made your home – your dwelling place – today?

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

(Edward Mote)

Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen on Unsplash

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