Interpreting Psalms takes some time and requires some work in handling them but a basic tool to help us is to look at how it begins and ends. The beginning verse tells us the general theme of the passage while the last verse tells us the conclusion of it all as it wraps it up. The rest of the psalm then is a lyrical journey on how the songwriter gets from the theme to the conclusion.
“Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.”
“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us-yes, establish the work of our hands.”
The theme tells us that this passage is dealing with the idea of God being our dwelling place and a dwelling place is a location of rest and security so therefore our places of comfort is not so much a location but a relationship. The conclusion tells us of the favor of the Lord resting upon us and this reveals that relationship is the key to all things for the only way one gets the favor of the Lord is through His presence.
More than things of this world I believe that a core desire of our hearts is connection and presence, which a lot of things on this earth offer some sort of form or imitation of it. People ask me whether I love either the east or west coast more since I have had the privilege of living on both and my response to that is neither.
Is not California the promise land?
Newsflash!!!!! California is great but it is too hyped by Californians and this is coming from a person that has lived there for about 20+ years.
When choosing a location that really feels like home and feels better to live in is when the right people are there living life with me. I can confidently say that I love living in New Jersey because of the people that I have met and continually live life with.
So what are some things about Presence and relationships that we can learn from this passage and in particular our relationship with God?
V.7-8, “We are consumed by your anger and terrified by your indignation. You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.”
God is triggered by sin.
Why? Sin by its very nature destroys relationships and lead people away from God which any direction away from Him leads to death as He is life so therefore His love for people sparks anger at things that destroys His people.
When we are with God we are exposed by God.
The closer we get to God the more we are exposed because intimacy or closeness puts us in a place of increasing vulnerability and thus when we wish to get closer to Him, He begins to naturally bring His light deeper into the depths of our hearts to expose the things hidden. The Lord exposes us so that we can be restored and healed from those things that we may be ashamed of or cut from us the things that are separating Him from our lives.
V.14, “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Satisfied hearts are content hearts
If you love Mcdonald’s as much as I do, then you realize how tempting it can be when you’re hungry at night because it seems that the temptation of the golden arches strikes the hardest when we are hungry and for whatever reason in the dark of the night. BUT, when you are full and satisfied from an epic dinner of amazing home cooked meal, the temptation of Mcdonald's doesn’t even cross your mind because you’re full.
This verse tells us the same thing occurs to us in the spiritual realm because when we are satisfied in His unfailing love, than we won’t tempt ourselves in filling our hearts with fast food versions of love that only leave us empty, fat, and bloated in the end.
I am realizing the value and importance of filling my heart first thing in the morning with His love so that I am better prepared to come against the temptations of sin because I am already full in His love. BUT what if I don’t wake up later? Doesn’t matter when you wake up for the important principle here is not the time you wake up but the first thing you do when you wake up.
Today if you have not already, fill yourself in His love so that you can guard and cherish the truest and most life-fulfilling relationship you have!