Around the Meritt House this week, we are in the process of celebrating two birthdays. We are still waiting on gifts to arrive from Amazon for the first and a decent day for family to be together for the second. Preparing for birthdays typically involve the question, “What do you want for your birthday?” In today’s verse, I think we have found the official Christian answer.
The Psalmist’s request is to live, delight, and meditate in the Lord’s Temple. The Temple in the Psalmist’s day was a massive edifice of stone and cedar line with gold. It represented the physical glory of the Lord with all the wealth Israel could muster at the time. But it contained the best of the best they could offer. It represented Heaven on earth. The Psalmist humbly prays that he could be included among its citizens. With all of life’s concerns and hardships, he wishes to simply be at the Temple, being in the presence of God.
What is your chief desire? I wouldn’t mind being on a beach somewhere spending quality time with the Mrs. or spending time in a great museum being amazed at history. But the one thing that we can all do regardless of where we are is to spend time with the Lord, and isn’t that the one thing we long to do? Don’t we long to meditate on Him, spend time with Him, just be be in His comforting and protective presence, where nothing can harm us,, nothing can steal our joy?
We may not agree on what we want, but we all need this. I would encourage today to seek that moment of joy in His presence.