Megan (jehoshabeath) wrote,
Megan
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To dwell in the house of the Lord...

"One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life..." -Psalm 27:4

I'm curious about something regarding this psalm. It's said to be a Psalm of David, who was a shepherd in Judah and later anointed as King of Israel. In this song, he speaks of desiring one thing from God - to dwell in God's house. But David was not a priest, so how could he dwell in God's house? Only the priests were allowed in the tent of Yahweh, and only one of them was allowed in the innermost chamber on one day out of the whole year. (And when he did, he was commanded to add a handful of fresh incense to the inner altar, which I imagine made a big cloud of smoke.) How can David request to dwell in this place?

In another psalm David says, "I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings." (Psalm 61:4) How did David know what the secret place of God's tabernacle looked like? Did he see it? Even when the ark of the covenant was moved from place to place, it was covered and hidden from view (Numbers/Bamidbar 4:5). But David could have read about it in God's word. In the Torah, the interior of the tabernacle was described when God commanded Moses to construct it and later as Moses recorded its construction. So even David, who wasn't a priest and not allowed to see the ark, knew that there were wings spread there and that above it, the presence of God dwelled.

Can I have that same longing? To dwell forever in God's house, even though I'm not a priest and the tabernacle stood 3500 years ago, and the temple was destroyed 2000 years ago? Can I be as bold as David to ask for that same thing? How was it realized for David? How will it be realized for me and for other believers who long for the same thing? How can I live today in light of that beauty and hope and truth?
Tags: god, numbers, psalms
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