A Place to Dwell
Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 90-92
Key verses: Psalm 90:1-2
One of my favorite Psalms is the one that begins this way:
“Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”
There’s a timeless quality to that statement.
And it speaks to the idea that God is not some abstraction; some un-approachable Deity, but rather a “safe” place for us to dwell – or better put – a safe Person with whom to dwell.
Sometimes, especially in modern-day pop psychology, people like to talk about finding a “safe” place or person with whom to commune. And, as far as it goes, it’s not a bad idea.
We all need someplace and someone with whom we can “let our hair down” and “be ourselves.”
But I think the Psalmist is speaking of something much deeper and more profound, spiritually speaking.
I think the Psalm is talking about how God is the Holy One who understands us more deeply than any other person on the face of the planet could and how God is the also the One who loves us more deeply than we can imagine – warts and all.
What peace there is in that realization.
People, no matter how good they are – and no matter how well-intentioned they are – are fallible. And so, they can let us down; hurt us; even betray us.
But God knows no such boundaries.
God can see us for all we are; all we hope to be; all we wish we were be but aren’t. And we are invited to commune with this One – to “dwell” there for all time – in perfect peace and acceptance.
Prayer: Almighty, all-loving God, thank you for giving me that safe place close to you, for all time. AMEN.