Psalm 23:6 - Home Forever.
Psalm 23:6: Home Forever.
Psalm 23:6 (NIV) Surely goodness and love will follow me all the
days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
For the last twenty years, Ive wanted a dog. A big dog.
But there were always problems. The apartment was too small. The
budget was too tight. The girls were too young. But most of all,
Denalyn was unenthusiastic. Her logic? Shed already married one
slobbering, shedding beast, why put up with a second? So we compromised and
got a small dog.
I like Salty, but small dogs arent really dogs. They
dont bark; they yelp. They dont eat; they nibble. They dont
lick you; they sniff you. I like Salty, but I wanted a real dog. A
mans-best-friend type of dog. A fat-pawed, big-eating, slurp-you-on-the-face type
of dog you could saddle or wrestle or both.
I was alone in my passion until Sara was born. She loves
dogs. And the two of us were able to sway the household vote. Denalyn
gave in, and Sara and I began the search. We discovered a woman in
South Carolina who breeds golden retrievers in a Christian
environment. From birth the dogs are surrounded by inspirational music and
prayers. (No, I dont know if they tithe with dog biscuits.) When the
trainer told me that she had read my books, I got on board. A woman with
such good taste is bound to be a good breeder, right?
So we ordered a pup. We mailed the check, selected the name
Molly, and cleared a corner for her dog pillow. The dog hadnt even
been born, and she was named, claimed, and given a place in the
Cant the same be said about you? Long before your first
whimper, your Master claimed you, named you, and hung a reserved sign on
your room. You and Molly have more in common than odor and eating
habits. (Just teasing.)
Youre both being groomed for a trip. We prefer the terms
maturation and sanctification to weaning and training, but its all the
same. Youre being prepared for your Masters house. You dont
know the departure date or flight number, but you can bet your puppy
chow that youll be seeing your Owner someday. Isnt this the
concluding promise of David?
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Ps.
Where will you live forever? In the house of the Lord. If his
house is your forever house, what does that make this earthly
house? You got it! Short-term housing. This is not our home. Our
homeland is in heaven (Phil. 3:20).
We, like Molly, are being prepared for another house.
Dont quench, but rather, stir this longing for heaven.
Gods home is a forever home. And I will dwell in the
house of the Lord forever (Ps. 23:6 NKJV). From Traveling Light
[Max Lucado Daily Devotional at maxlucado.com]
Of all the benefits of Gods goodness, only one lasts
beyond your life on Earth. The final verse of Psalm 23 expresses the
ultimate example of Gods goodness: I will dwell in the house of the
Lord forever (Psalm 23:6 NIV).
That means you dont have to fear death, because death is
not the end. God saves the best for last. Even if you have a tough
life here on Earth, if you have asked Jesus Christ to save you, you
will dwell forever in the house of the Lord, where theres no more
sorrow, no more suffering, no more sin, no more sickness, no more
sadness, no more problems, no more pain, and no more pressure. Heaven is
unbelievable. Gods glory is waiting there for you.
It is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up
with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ
Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable
riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ
Everything youve seen in movies about Heaven is probably
wrong. First, Heaven is not nirvana, a dream, or a metaphorical
attitude. Heaven is a physical place, not a state of being. Its a
permanent place that will last forever. And it is reserved for only
Heaven is also not boring! We see a glimpse of Heaven in
Revelation 21, where we learn that we wont just veg out and do nothing
for eternity. A lot of the stuff you do here on Earth is what
youll be able to do in Heaven. Youll be able to eat in Heaven but
not gain weight, youll be able to sleep in Heaven, youll party
in Heaven, talk, fellowship, pray, and sing - just to name a few.
Heaven was created for you.
There are only two things that you do on Earth that you
wont do in Heaven. In Heaven, you cant sin, and you cant
witness to a nonbeliever about Christs love and forgiveness, because
only Gods children are there. Thats why, once you become a
believer, God does not take you instantly to Heaven. He wants you to pass
on the Good News of salvation and grace. The only reason youre
going to Heaven is because somebody told you about the Gospel. Now
its your turn to tell others.
There is so much to look forward to in Heaven. We will
worship God forever. We will be reunited with those who love Jesus. We
will be rewarded for our faith, hope, and love. We will be assigned
work that we enjoy doing.
What an awesome promise. What a good God! [Daily Devotional
by Rick Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/]
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS PASSAGE
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT
Most Important Decision in Life:
Importance of Choice:
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]
Seeking God Made Real: http://vimeo.com/31489782
Prayer Made Real: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc8VdMV26VE
Musical Devotional On Christian Living:
Medical Seminar on Healthful Living by David DeRose, MD, MPH:
LINKS FOR BIBLE STUDIES
Lifting Up Jesus Bible Studies: http://www.liftingupjesus.net/
Amazing Facts Bible Studies:
Discover Bible Studies: http://studies.itiswritten.com/discover/
Glow Tract Video Bible Studies: http://www.bibleresearch.info/
LINKS FOR BIBLE PROPHECY SEMINARS
The Last Day of Prophecy by Pastor Doug Batchelor:
Restoring The Power by John Bradshaw:
Prophecies Decoded by Pastor Ron Clouzet: