“I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever”
This is a wonderful ending to a glorious and special psalm.
The Shepherd who leads us and looks after us has a particular end in view all the time. He is leading us home, to the place where God dwells. As we look back at the psalm through the eyes of the Gospels we can understand more fully that this is the place to which we really belong. It is ‘My Father’s house’ Jesus tells us where He has gone to prepare a place for us.
It is here that there will be ‘no more death or mourning or crying or pain’ for we will live in the eternal presence of our great and glorious God. There will be the beauty of Life, the wonder of Love and the glory of Light beyond our wildest imaginations and hopes. And for the very first time in our lives we will be perfectly and beautifully complete in every possible way. Indeed
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him”
(1 Corinthians 2:9)
As we look back on our journey from its glorious fulfilment we will discover a wonderful and marvellous truth. No matter what it seemed to us at the time, every part of the journey has been a part of the revelation of the love, life and grace of God. It has all been woven into the beautiful tapestry of our lives – as He has worked in all things to the good of those who love Him. (Romans 8:28)
Make the most of the journey – and never lose sight of the end
Good Shepherd lead me onward through this life and bring me safely home – to the sparkling joy and heart-stopping completeness that awaits me in the eternal life and love of God. Amen.