True Joy

Psalms 84:1, 2 “(To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.) How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.”

The heart’s expression in the Word of God is with such literary beauty. The words that God uses are wonderful. Take ‘amiable’ for instance. Here is what Webster’s 1828 dictionary has to say:

Amiable

A’MIABLEadjective [Latin amabilis; from amo, to love.]

1. Lovely; worth of love; deserving of affection; applied usually to persons. But in Psalms 84:1, there is an exception, ‘How amiable are the tabernacles, O Lord.’

The place where the Lord dwells is lovely; worthy of love and deserving of affection. I often ask fellow Christians, ‘Are you longing for home?’ Some will say, ‘Come quickly Lord Jesus!’ possibly due to the situation and circumstances they are experiencing. Others are a bit hesitant saying there are things that they want or want to do here on this earth.

Then there are the few, who actually pray for the Lord’s coming to wait until their lost loved one is saved; or that friend or coworker comes to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

The fact remains; Jesus Christ IS coming back!

Matthew 25:13 “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.”

We, who are saved are to look for that day with longing, expectancy and joy. We all have things here on this earth that give us hope and cause us to look ahead. A newborn baby, an impending marriage, a new job, a promotion, an investment come due or an exotic vacation; all are things here on this earth that cause our hearts to hope.

But what of the certainty of Heaven? The promise of God is sure:

John 10:27-30 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.”

Eternal. Never. No surer words could be spoken to fully commit to us that once we place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, we are His eternally; forever. For those who believe that the gift of God could ever be lost, God would be a liar if those words did not herald their true meaning.

Eternal – Without beginning or end of existence.

Never – Not ever; not at any time; at no time. It refers to the past or the future.

The assurance we can have in the promise of God can allow us to have a peace and a longing for those things that He, in His Word, has promised.

Psalms 84:10-12For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.”

The perspective of the psalmist is interesting. He likens being a doorman in the house of God to be desired more than anything this world would have to offer. Can I say, that when you have come into the presence of Almighty God, nothing – and I mean nothing in this world can compare!

We all have our favorites – people, places and things. In comparison to the presence to be had with our Heavenly Father, they fade into oblivion.

We all have pressures in our life. But the one that truly matters is that which presses us to enter our prayer closet and desires to hear from God. That pressure that pulls at our heart to confess and repent. That pressure to witness. That pressure to sing and praise God.

The psalmist starts out – “My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.”

It is only when we, on purpose, think and meditate on the things of this life in light of eternity that we begin to long for home – our real home in Heaven.

When was the last time you had to have God or die? When was the last time your hunger for the Word of God drove you to the Bible – seeking and searching till you found the answer, the comfort, the relief, the promise or the light that dispelled the darkness?

If you have ever been there and found the presence of God, you know of what I speak. And if not, can I encourage you that He is waiting to fill the hungry heart; to satisfy the longing in your soul and heal the wounded heart?

No pill, no bottle, no bed of immorality can ever satisfy like God can!

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