The best place to be

A little while back I spoke about the human heart’s longing for contentment – and the only place this can be found is in God. Today I want to elaborate on this a bit, by referring to Psalm 84. David had a revelation of the soul-satisfaction that is experienced in a relationship with God. He also spoke about the human heart’s yearning and longing – but He addresses the only Person who can fill this void.

“My soul yearns, yes, even pines and is homesick for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out and sing for joy to the living God.” Ps 84:2

The courts, or the house of the Lord refers to His presence. So if David says he longs and pines after the courts of the Lord, he is longing to be in the presence of God. A little later he says everybody who dwells in God’s presence will be blessed, fortunate and envied. They will be envied because of the total peace and contentment they experience – something the world longs for but cannot find.

Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are those who dwell in Your house and Your presence; they will be singing Your praises all the day long. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!” Ps 84:4

The last part of this verse also contains something interesting.  David says that those who dwell in the house (presence) of God wil be singing His praises all day long. He did not say they HAD to sing His praises, or MUST sing His praises – they WILL be singing His praises. This is because praise and adoration is the most natural reaction to contact with the true, loving nature of God.  If you feel you are forced to worship, you have not heard about the goodness of God’s true character.

The best place to be is in His presence. That is where you will find contentment, peace, life, forgiveness and fullness of joy.

Pursuits and contentment

I believe it is impossible for a human to feel truly and completely satisfied outside of a relationship with God.  I believe God created the human heart to love Him– a natural reaction once you get to know His incredible character. Without this relationship we will feel discontent and hollow – yearning for something we can’t even define.

Consequently, without this relationship, people become involved in various pursuits, addictions and activities in order to fill this void inside them (but to no avail).  There is another word for this insatiable emptiness: hunger.  There is only one substance that is nourishing and genuine enough to fill the human soul – God Himself.

“For He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with good.” Ps 107:9

“…my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You…” Ps 63: 1

“My whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness;” Ps 63:5

“Jesus replied, I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry…” John 6:35

His love will never disappoint.  Getting to know Jesus will never leave you feeling empty.  Living in a relationship with Him will genuinely leave you feeling 100% content and satisfied.  I can testify to this.

The good life

I want to cringe when people make the Christian life out to be one of sorrows, seriousness and hardships.  These people lay a burden on you, making you feel guilty if you are enjoying your walk with God.  This perception goes against my experience of God’s heart towards us. I believe He wants us to be happy in His presence, to look forward to every moment spent with Him.

There are quite a few verses to confirm this:

“…in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11

“…I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” John 10:10

“…For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good–not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.” Mat 11:30

“Therefore, since we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). ” Rom 5:1

So … don’t let anyone make you feel less worthy if you are loving life and enjoying a relationship with God.  There is such great joy and contentment in knowing someone loves to be in your presence – why would it be any different for God?  He is happiest when we are in His presence, loving Him.  In Luke 10:40 He commended Mary, saying she has chosen the good portion – a life of knowing Him instead of just serving Him.