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An Intense Longing

 I love Psalm 84:1–2, 10. David wrote:

How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

His soul is yearning deeply for God’s presence. His heart is ready to break with desire to worship God and spend time in His presence. David was torn between two lives—one in heaven in the presence of God and the other his life here on this earth.

He shows us this tearing again in Psalm 23. He writes how he longs to have God “lead him beside the still waters” here on earth and “dwell in the house of the Lord forever” in heaven. The warrior king desperately wanted the comfort and rest of home, yet he also wanted the comfort, peace, and rest of God. He was torn between the two. He was desperate for both.

Our souls are restless and longing to see God. David wrote in Psalm 63:1 that he literally thirsted for God. He needed God desperately, yet he also knew he was anointed to be king. He was torn.

St. Augustine wrote, “You move us to delight in praising You; for You have formed us for Yourself and our hearts are restless till they find rest in You.” God chose you. He loves you. Your heart is longing for Him yet see the people who need Him and you’re torn. Your heart is restless for Him and others—you’re torn. There’s an intense longing pulling you in two directions.

Do you long for God? Does your soul thirst to be with Him? Do you feel torn?

Answering these questions may prompt you to more questions or thoughts. If you’d like to know more about Heaven and how a longing for Heaven can shape and direct you life here on earth, I’d encourage you to pick up a copy of my new book, Between Heaven and Earth. In it you’ll not only find some hopeful and encouraging answers.

2 responses to “An Intense Longing”

  1. I read this verse so long ago from David and related so closely with it. I thought I was a freak for longing for heaven so badly. In fact, I thought I needed a shrink for wanting to be in heaven more than earth! I’ve felt this way since I was about 10 years old. I knew I was in the wrong place and that knowing became an ever-present part of me. When I became a Christian I figured it out: Yes, I AM in the wrong place and I’m on my way back home. Whew! The entire equation of Heaven lit me up and brought tremendous peace and . . . enthusiasm, actually! :)

    I cannot wait to get this book. I can’t imagine being a Christian and walking through life fearful of heaven or avoiding the topic altogether but actually, that is what a lot of Christians do. Thanks for being brave and taking this topic apart piece by beautiful piece!

  2. Johnc89 says:

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