“The eternal God is my home and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33: 27 (Message/NIV)
This is one of the most formative verses about home in my life; I recite it almost daily. Yet, as I try to express the importance of this visual, it feels impossibly big. The arms of God throughout the Bible welcome, rescue, uphold and bless us with their stronghold. However, this verse contains the whole of who God is; it is the “undergird” of His whole story and therefore our stories that weave inseparably into His, our Author.
These words come from a blessing of Moses right before He dies. In the broader text Moses’ blessing expresses praise to God for His Almighty Power and His Love and Faithful Care. Moses also gives praise and thanks for the incomprehensible blessing of being the people of this God, the One God. Finally, so many years without a concrete place to call home, Moses has learned what true abundance and security means in the saving, sheltering, upholding, everlasting arms of God.
Moses acknowledges our true dwelling in his song and prayer of Psalm 91, “Lord you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth, from everlasting to everlasting you are God” …and this is where we belong.
We are created to live in God’s presence from Eden to New Creation with Christ’s return; this is true flourishing as God intended it to be. Deuteronomy 33:27 names the rock solid foundation of God’s arms that upholds and protectively shelters all the earth and all God’s people from eternity to eternity. On this broad, everlasting foundation rest all the intimate stories of the Bible and we are invited in …so that our living God can continue His story throughout the generations.
A beautiful, smaller visual of wide-open arms is Jesus welcoming little children into the comfort of His lap for blessing. In doing so He reminds us we are all children longing for this “home” where we are fully known and made whole in the engulfing circle of His arms.
All transforming power and hope come with the visual of Jesus’ outstretched arms on the cross. Because of these arms we are free to surrender our cleansing, shaping, and eternal security to Him.
Come Home all who are weary and burdened to the arms of God. Rest on the stronghold of everlasting arms, the “rock of ages against which the gates of hell shall not prevail.” (Matthew Henry’s Commentary)
“The eternal God is my home, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”