for the LORD, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.’” Psa. 132:1-5 (Emphasis mine)
What caught my attention was this man’s deep longing and earnest desire to “find a place for the LORD” in his land! He could not sit idly by and enjoy his own comforts when there was no place for Yahweh in his midst. His heart was deeply troubled and he diligently sought for this deep desire to be fulfilled.
The Hebrew word for “find” suggests that he would come forth to it, appear before it, or attain to it. My favorite understanding of this word is that David’s desire was to “secure” such a place for the Lord! He wanted to not only discover it. He wanted to secure it – to make it a permanent fixture, a permanent home, a permanent dwelling place for the Lord!
When I read this today, I was convicted by seeing David’s passion evidenced here. This was not just a desire. It was a strong, burning desire. It came from deep within his being. To be grieved enough that it “upset” his daily routine tells us it was a deep and earnest passion within him. He wasn’t content to enjoy his home, his regular life, his rest, his sleep. It disturbed him. It bothered him that, although he had such luxuries and enjoyed such pleasures, yet there was one thing – the most important thing – missing!
If we recall, David himself penned these words in Psa. 27:4 – “One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple.”
Does this give us insight into WHY “finding” (or securing) this permanent dwelling place for the LORD was so important to David? I believe it does. I believe David is earnestly desiring this because he loved God. David had a relationship with the LORD – one with passion and feeling. He was “in love” with his Lord, and longed to spend time with Him.
Are we this passionate about our relationship with Jesus? Or, are we content to go on with our life when the most important thing in our life might be missing? Do we even realize that it is missing?
Jesus spoke to the church of Ephesus in the book of Revelation and said to them: “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” I truly appreciate how Chuck Missler speaks about this passage, when he says that we can be so busy with the business of the King, that we do not spend time WITH the King! What a convicting thought!
I have found myself in this place many times. Oh, I’m busy with kingdom work. I’m busy “doing” for the Lord. But, am I enjoying just loving Him? Am I enjoying just beholding His beauty, as David said? Am I communing with Him in an intimate and love relationship? This is what Jesus died to bring us into. He wants a relationship with us. He could have made robots to do His work. But He chose to make mankind to walk with in the “cool” of the day, as in the Garden of Eden.
Can we understand the depths of His desire to have a relationship with us? It truly amazes us. But it is still true, nonetheless. If He is that passionate about being with us, we need to check our own degree of passion for Him.
Can we honestly say what David said in Psalm 132:1-5? Is God’s “place” in our lives and homes missing? Do we even realize it’s missing? Or, are we so busy, like the church in Ephesus, that we don’t even realize we’ve “left our first love?”
So, I ask us all to consider this question: How deep is your desire? If we find it lacking, may we repent and seek God to restore us to the place of our “first love.” God wants to do so. Will we let Him? I say “yes.” What say ye?