Lord, through all the generationsPsalm 90:1
You have been our home!
As I read those words, I wondered about what the Psalmist meant by saying that God was his home. Then I began thinking about what the word “home” means in general.
It’s a word we begin using as young children. For many, “home” is a place of nurturing and safety. But for others, it’s a place of fear and abuse.
One thing is certain, “home” is the place where people KNOW us.
We know the people we live with better than we know anyone else on the planet. We know their likes and dislikes, their quirks and triggers, and their strengths and weaknesses.
We tend to be “real” around the people with whom we spend the most time.
Moses wrote Psalm 90 and he also wrote these words from God…
I will place my residence among you, and I will not reject you.Leviticus 26:11
Through all generations, since the beginning of time, God has made people because He wanted a close relationship with them. He made you and me because He wants to live with us. He made us to be His family. He wants us to KNOW Him as He knows us . . . deeply and intimately.
He knows us inside and out. God sees our words and actions. He sees our thoughts, the desires of our hearts, our foolish attitudes, our judgmental pride, and our impatient annoyance.
You spread out our sins before you—Psalm 90:9
our secret sins—and You see them all.
The Life Application Bible Notes add…
While He knows all that terrible information about us, God still loves us and wants to forgive us.
The Lord loves each of us so much that although He knows every detail about our thoughts and our hearts . . . He still wants a close intimate relationship with us.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.John 3:16–17
God could simply choose to judge and condemn us . . . that’s what we deserve. But instead, He gave Jesus to save us and set us free from sin, death, and evil’s power.
God knows our sinful thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors yet He gave Jesus because He wants to make His home with us. He wants us to KNOW that He is our home . . . the place where we are forgiven and where we are safe and nurtured.
A Prayer to Rest Secure In God Your Home
Father, since the beginning of time, since You breathed life into the first human being, You have watched over us and known everything about us. We are born sinful and the consequences of sin is death and eternal separation from You.
But You sent Jesus to suffer our punishment so that we can come to You for forgiveness and never experience Your rejection. And to those of us who do come to You through Jesus, You give the Holy Spirit that we might truly KNOW You and come to You, our home.
Whatever my personal experiences and impressions of “home,” I pray that I might always remember that with You I am safe and nurtured. I am forgiven and loved! You are God Almighty! You are holy and eternal. You are righteous and glorious in all You do.
Please help me remember that all I experience here is temporary but home with You is forever and always. You want me to live every moment knowing I can trust You. You keep Your promises. I can depend on You. In this fragile world, You are my source of strength. You keep me safe and nurtured knowing that I am secure through Your Son, Jesus. Amen.
A reality of life addressed by Moses that we’d like to ignore is that life is short.
Teach us to realize the brevity of life,Psalm 90:12
so that we may grow in wisdom.
Our time here is limited but when we SEEK, KNOW, TRUST, and LOVE God . . . when we go to Him for forgiveness through Jesus, we receive His saving mercy and grace. We don’t get the eternal punishment we deserve but the blessing of being safe and nurtured in His presence forever.
So, may we remember that living with His eternal promises in mind is the wisest way to live.
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.John 14:1–3
And that’s a promise we can count on because as the writer of Hebrews said…
So God has given both His promise and His oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to Him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.Hebrews 6:18–19a
May you always know that you are safe and nurtured in God your “home” by grace through faith in Jesus.
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