Who is God to you—because, you realize, He is different things to different people. Is He a harsh judge waiting to extract vengeance on your sins, or a distant potentate demanding the service of your entire life? If so, the deity you know isn’t the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! No, the relationship Jesus introduces us to with our Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer God is characterized by forgiveness, acceptance, intimacy and love—not fear or obligation. Through Jesus, in fact, He becomes our very “…life and the length of…[our] days!” (Deuteronomy 30:20 NKJV)
“One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple.”
Psalms 27:4 NKJV
As a younger person, I never understood the Psalms. David wrote a lot about dwelling in God’s house and beholding His beauty, and while I’m sure the Temple was gorgeous because it was built according to God’s specifications, I didn’t get it. Maybe you don’t either. Let me explain.
The reason David wanted to be in the Temple was because God was present there—in the Holy of Holies in the form of His Shekinah glory—and it was the closest he could get to Him. Remember that in pre-Christ times, Christ’s Spirit indwelling His followers wasn’t given to human beings until Jesus went back to heaven.
David loved God with his whole heart; with his entire being. He made mistakes—let’s be honest, he sinned—but the one thing he couldn’t be accused of is having been half-hearted with God; that’s why he is referred to as a man after God’s heart. And because he was all in with God, he wanted to know God, to love Him more, to be as close to Him as he possibly could.
The three things David mentions in Psalm 27:4 are 1) being as close to God as he possibly could his entire life (“dwell[ing] in the house of the LORD all the days of my life”), 2) genuinely knowing Him—seeing Him as He really is (“behold[ing] the beauty of the LORD”), and 3) gaining wisdom, advice and guidance from Him (“inquire[ing] in His temple”).
That’s what our relationship with God through Christ looks like! Because we are totally accepted, forgiven, and loved, we can glory in Him—we can know Him more and more, which leads to us loving Him more and more. In the end, He becomes our very “life, and the length of our days,” as Moses described.
But we will not know God like this if we have not completely opened up to Him and given our entire destiny up to Him—if we have reservations; if we are holding back. Because, you see, with God it really is all or nothing. There is no in-between.
Hebrews 11:6 tells us:
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV)
It’s just like the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant crossing the rushing flooded waters of the Jordan—the waters didn’t part as God told them they would, until they stepped into them in faith. It’s the same thing here. You will not know Christ completely until you completely open yourself up—until you commit your destiny—to Him in faith!
But once you do, you will see that it was the single most important decision of your life; that you made the right choice! So, who is God to you? To me, He is everything—He is my life and the length of my days!
Dear Lord God,
Thank You! I love You! Please help us truly know and trust You! Amen.