To dwell in God means that we live as a permanent resident in Him — not just visit every so often, but a place we live, our home. The Hebrew word for dwell is yashab, which means to sit, to remain and to dwell.
So often, I get in a cycle that looks like this: I spend time in the presence of the Lord; drinking from His cup, then I set off to do work (at home, at my job, volunteering at the school), sometimes making my dwelling place in those spaces. When I need my cup filled, I simply go back to the presence of the Lord, take a few more sips, and begin the cycle again.
This cycle doesn’t work and leads me back to the same spot. I find myself tired and beat down from the day, trying to live up to the expectations of the world. I take on so much — all good things — but too much. I try to do it all and be it all, and it leaves me exhausted and depleted.
The Lord has been reminding me that I am setting up my “tent”, or my dwelling place, in the wrong spot. Sure, I may be able to set up camp on the side of a steep mountain face in the middle of a storm temporarily, but eventually my camp will be blown down the mountain. The same is true in our lives. We may be able to make our dwelling place in earthly things temporarily, but we will just end up back where we started, trying to take a few sips of water just to survive.
One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. (Psalm 27:4, NIV)
When we make God’s presence our dwelling place, the patterns of this world do not enter into that place. We lay the fear, worries, anxieties and lies at His feet. We find rest and shelter from the storms life throws our way.
Isn’t it wonderful to know we are protected when we remain in God’s presence?
It is God’s desire for us to be with Him and know Him. We can know God relationally through an intimate relationship with His son. He has made us to know Him and He is knowable to us. David lays out how we get there. He says “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.”
We need to ask God! I invite you to make God’s presence your dwelling place by spending time in God’s word and just being in His presence. Pray that the Holy Spirit would come over you and guide you each day.
Lord, we ask that you give us the desire to share in an intimate relationship with you, so that we may dwell in your presence. We pray that we would have ears to hear and a heart that is open to receive where the Spirit leads us daily, so that we may remain in you. We give all glory and honor to you!
Tiffany Meacham is a wife to Tony and a mother to Marlee and Kellen (stepson). She and her family have been attending Grace Chapel since 2015, and really love the sense of the Spirit working in and through the church. Tiffany loves spending time with her family, whether that be movie nights or summer camping trips.