At Home With God

Here are a few great paragraphs by Richard Phillips as he comments on Psalm 84.1-4 in Walking With God.  This book is sort of a devotional commentary consisting of 13 chapters which cover several different Psalms (Psalm 1, 5, 8, 16, 23, 51, 56, 73, 84, 103, 107, and 121).  There are also study questions at the end of this 182 page book (which is less than $10!).  As a side note, I love Phillips’ story – he served as an officer in the U.S. Army (in a tank unit) before he became a preacher/teacher.  Hooah! Go Army!

“Only through trusting in God can a man or woman settle, as a bird does in its nest, with peace and satisfaction and with life’s great longing fulfilled.  No more restless wanderings are needed because home has been found.  ‘Thou has formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless til they find rest in Thee.'”

“This is what it means to be a Christian.  ‘How lovely is your dwelling place, or LORD of hosts!’  The Christian has found himself, his identity, his purpose, his home, because he has found it all in God his Savior.”

“If you have been a Christian for some time, you may have discovered that, wherever you are in the world, you feel at home in a true church, where the gospel is preached and where there are people who know and serve the Lord Jesus.  You can be in a strange city, feeling awkward and out of place, but you go to where God’s people are and your heart is at rest.  It is almost as if you were at home.  Why?  Because God is your home.  In worship with God’s people you are brought into the courts of God.  ‘Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise!'”

Pages 150-151 of Walking with God (Carlisle: Banner of Truth, 2005).

shane lems