Lord, remember David
And all his afflictions;
How he swore to the Lord,
And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob:
“Surely I will not go into the chamber of my house,
Or go up to the comfort of my bed;
I will not give sleep to my eyes
Or slumber to my eyelids,
Until I find a place for the Lord,
A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
— Psalm 132:1-5
The demand of sleep is powerful. It is not even possible for anyone to go without sleep for more than a few days. Yet the psalmist declares, “I love God’s dwelling place to the uttermost. I am just consumed by His house. Besides the Lord’s testimony I have nothing.
My house is just God’s tabernacle, and His tabernacle is my house. But in my experience there is no bed here. His house is supposed to be a place of rest, but where is the reality? His tabernacle is here, but where is the substance of the tabernacle? Without the substance, how can I rest?”
Adapted from The Journey of Life, page 101.
Tomorrow: “Desperate for God’s House (4)”