Psa. 90:1 ¶ Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
As they say, there is no place like home. You see, a house is very different from a home. A house is just a building. No matter how grand the structure is, or magnificent the furnishings, or even the very best of locations; none of those things make a house a home. A house becomes a home because of the inhabitants and the special relationships they share. Just to enter into that house that has become a home awakens the feeling of memories and relationships that have been formed there. In today’s verse Moses is describing the most incredible, and frankly, most unthinkable of all homes. He says that God Himself is our dwelling place. Now we know as evangelical Christians that Christ has come to live in us. In this verse Moses turns it around, he says that God Himself is our home. Here are some powerful thoughts from Luther on this verse.
“But Moses wishes to speak with such great care that he may show that all our hopes have been placed most securely in God, and that they who are about to pray to this God may be assured that they are not afflicted in this work in vain, nor die, since they have God as a place of refuge, and the divine Majesty as a dwelling place, in which they may rest secure for ever. Almost in the same strain Paul speaks, when he says to the Colossians, “Your life is hid with Christ in God.” For it is a much clearer and more luminous expression to say, Believers dwell in God, than that God dwells in them. He dwelt also visibly in Zion, but the place is changed. But because he (the believer), is in God, it is manifest, that he cannot be moved nor transferred, for God is a habitation of a kind that cannot perish. Moses therefore wished to exhibit the most certain life, when he said, God is our dwelling place, not the earth, not heaven, not paradise, but simply God himself.”
This teaching reminds me of the story of the prodigal son. His Father’s inheritance couldn’t buy him happiness. The prodigal longed to be at home. He longed for His dwelling place found in God Himself. There is a longing in all of us for our heavenly home, when we find it we realize there is no place like home.