Before I knew it, I was zoomed in on my phone, taking pictures worthy of Instagram of the brilliant sunset on the far bank of the river. At that moment, I felt God speaking and I looked around. Slowly, I zoomed out. I started snapping pictures with our less than desirable surroundings on this side of the river in the foreground: rusty industrial buildings, worn pieces of dock, drainage pipes, ice smashing into the rocky shoreline.
“The brokenness of this world doesn’t compare to the glory that is coming; the brokenness of this world doesn’t compare to the glory that is coming...” played over and over in my heart, as I sobbed, shivering with the glory of the Lord on full display just across the river, while my Shepherd was guiding me and leading me through the valley of the shadow of death on these banks.
Through every present tense line of Psalm 23, I can testify to His faithfulness. The first five and a half verses, give us hope for today that we have an ever-present Shepherd, guiding us, His sheep, through the valleys of this life, restoring us with green pastures and still waters, comforting us, anointing us with oil and overflowing our cups all of the days of our lives.
And then King David pens the words, “and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6b). In that one precious, yet simple verse, David shifts from our present help to the future and what is to come. Every present-tense sorrow, evil, danger, sickness, shattered dream, broken relationship, or disappointment that you may be facing today, must bow at that line of Scripture. It’s the zoomed in photograph, the glory that outshines it all; the promise of eternity in the presence of our Savior. Our present help points us to the hope we hold for tomorrow.
Our shepherd, He is leading us home, to His house, where the buildings aren’t rusty and the docks are made whole. Where He will wipe away every tear and we, Hudson, and you and I, we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Amen and Amen.
“And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6b (NIV)
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