Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God. Psalm 90:1-2
Moses opens this psalm with the assurance of “the peculiar grace” God gives to us: a welcome into His very dwelling. (John Calvin)
Eugene Peterson reminds us that this home with God is not a retreat to a makeshift shelter, but habitation in an eternal dwelling place.
This is Almighty God. Yet He is a personal God who loves each of us and knows our names. What a gift that He opens His arms to welcome us into His presence every minute of every day, enfolding us into His arms of guidance and care. This welcome continues seamlessly to our final rest in the end. God is our dwelling place, our home, now and forever.
Though sadly not the case for all people, ideally home is what gives us a footing in life. It is a place of familiar, thriving routines to branch out from. Along the way it can anchor all the inevitable losses of life. We tend to focus on the physical, earthly home because this is our reality. We wake every morning and face the physical life challenges of each day.
Yet we know with time the fleetingness of the physical we cling to. Loss, either sweeping or incremental, reminds us that all we grip is like sand slipping though our fingers.
What doesn’t change or shift or slip away are the promises of God. He promises to draw us out of the deep waters of life that threaten to engulf; to be the rock we can stand on. He promises unrelenting, unfailing love that passes understanding. God promises that He shields, protects, and saves us from whatever we face day to day. He promises a clean slate, newness every morning and no condemnation. He promises to never leave or forsake us; there is nothing to fear. He promises to make us whole in His presence and He promises eternal salvation, life restored as it was intended to be in our everlasting home with Him.
God opens His arms to us and says “come.” We open our arms to His embrace and say, “yes.” From everlasting to everlasting…. before time, in our time, and after all time…. the eternal God is our dwelling place. Engulfed in His arms we are forever home.