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. Psalm 84:1-2 NIV
Have you got all your home improvement projects on the list for 2017? Is it time for new paint, new furniture, or a few fresh throw pillows? I don't care much for decorating, which can become a problem when I'm frustrated with my home. There are times when I feel like I can't "dwell well" in my house.
I tell myself if I'm not feeling relaxed and comfortable at home it must be because something needs to be "fixed" or re-arranged at the house. Sometimes that is the case. Removing clutter and unused items from where we dwell can help us free up mental space as well as space in our house. One of my goals for the New Year is to remove one box per week of unused items from my home. The box can be big or small. It's a matter of tackling the beast of stuff. In my mind, getting rid of things will help me "dwell well."
Here's the deal, I know that getting rid of unwanted/unused items is a good thing. But, I also know it is not the best way for me to "dwell well." I need to do some spiritual cleaning out and re-focusing.
You see, where we dwell is more than where we reside. Where we dwell has as much to do with our thoughts, focus, and passion as the address on the mailbox. King David, who wrote many of the Psalms, spent a lot of time dwelling in caves and living on the road. For years he was hunted by a jealous king who did not like that David found favor with man and God. Kind David's focus on dwelling was all about where God dwelt. David yearned to be with God and to be in God's presence. David knew that if he was in the presence of God, he would "dwell well."
This year, will you join me in the practice of yearning to be in the presence of God?
Will you commit to shake off the old, worn, or even unused parts of your heart and spirit and focus on dwelling with God?
No longer do we need to travel to the tent or tabernacle to dwell with God. He is with us always.
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Donate one gently used item that you no longer use. Spend five minutes meditating on the word "Dwell."
Dear Most Gracious Lord, how lovely is Your dwelling place, LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, to dwell with You. My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Amen.
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