Today’s Reading: Psalms 88-91
Today’s Reflection: Psalms 90:1
Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before Psalms 90 became a psalm, it was originally a prayer of Moses. Moses began his life in Egypt, but knowing he was a Jew, and knowing of the Promised Land God had proclaimed the children of Israel would possess. After 40 years he was forced to leave Egypt and lived in Midian, raising a family and herding sheep for 40 years. Eventually God used Moses to lead Israel to the Promised Land of Canaan, but it took 40 years of leading them through the wilderness. Ultimately Moses didn’t even get to enter Canaan himself, but he saw it and knew God had kept His promise (Exodus 2, 3, 4,12, 22:20-33, Numbers 13, 14:1-36, 20:2-13, 27:12-23).
After 120 years of living in strange lands and wandering in the desert, it’s easy to see why the concept of a dwelling place had significance to Moses. Interestingly, though Moses yearned for the Promised Land, he came to understand that his dwelling place was not a place, not any of the foreign lands he had called home for a time, not the wilderness, not even the place of promise. His dwelling place was a constant, the one who had made the promise, God Himself.
Too often we build our sense of home, our sense of belonging, our sense of safety or security, on something that can be taken or changed. Wealth can be lost, property can be taken, even the laws of the nations we live in are not carved in stone—they can be changed to turn the land we’re comfortable in now into a place of persecution. But when we recognize that it is God who is our dwelling place, that it is He who orders our steps, who ordains where we rest our heads, who prepares for our needs before we know we have them, then like Moses we can have faith and confidence no matter what the circumstances of life may be.
Recognize God is your dwelling place, and find your rest in Him.