The end of this beloved Psalm sums everything up for us. What is it all for? What is the purpose?
What does dwelling in the house of the Lord look like?
The Westminster Shorter Catechism question number 1 asks,
“What is the chief and highest end of man?”
Answer: “Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy Him forever.”
We have come full circle. The first verse of this Psalm, said, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”
We are told what our chief end is NOT. It is NOT to find happiness and comfort in this world. It is NOT to fulfill all our dreams. It is NOT to have family and friends. It is NOT to do good deeds.
These things are not necessarily bad. Even the sheep that don’t follow Him, by way of His common grace can enjoy this, but these things aren’t the chief end of man.
Simply put, we were made for Him!
I think it’s easier for us sometimes to get the glorifying God part. We might view this as: living righteously, being obedient, and serving Him in various ministries, These things are all right and good; yet I want to take a closer look at “enjoying Him”.
What does enjoying the Lord look like? I have a sign on my kitchen window sill that reads, “don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”
I had the thought of the story of Martha and Mary; this is not a story to make service to God look bad, but it is showing us the contentment and pure joy of Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus and getting fed. She was feasting at the King’s table. We can get so busy FOR the Lord that we have no time to ENJOY the Lord.
Jesus told us in John 15 that we are to abide in Him and He in us so that our joy may be complete. I like to think of it like this, we are made to be “in joy” with Jesus! We are “in” Him and He “in” us, and as a result our joy is full and we are free to enjoy Him!
Jesus also tells us “Apart from me, you can do nothing.” Abiding in Him will result in glorifying Him in all we do. We cannot bear fruit apart from The Vine. Glorifying God and enjoying Him are two sides of the same coin. They cannot be separated.
This Psalm has a spectacular crescendo of our life as a Christian. With fireworks, it closes out with the ultimate goal of this race! We live by Him. We live for Him. We live unto Him.
If we believe that this is the chief end, how are we living this out in our daily lives?
The way we enjoy Him deeper and more intimately is to continually give more and more of ourselves away and seek Him above all in prayer and His Word.
God richly blesses those who earnestly seek Him. He is our dwelling place forever!
“The one thing I ask of the Lord—
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord’s perfections
and meditating in his Temple.”