Home: Psalm 122
My wife has created a beautiful house for us to live in. She did not build our house but within the confines of our walls she created beauty, peace, and order. Through the utilization of paint, nails, fabric, and a little ingenuity she took a house and made it our home. This is where we live and raise our family. As beautiful and peaceful as our house is, though, it is not where we will stay forever.
Meditating on Psalm 122, I see my home in a new way.
I rejoiced when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.” And now our feet are standing within your gates, Jerusalem. Jerusalem, built as a city, walled round about. Here the tribes have come, the tribes of the LORD, As it was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD. Here are the thrones of justice, the thrones of the house of David. For the peace of Jerusalem pray: “May those who love you prosper! May peace be within your ramparts, prosperity within your towers.” For family and friends I say, “May peace be yours.” For the house of the LORD, our God, I pray, “May blessings be yours.”
When is a house a home? It is interesting to thing about this Psalm in light of Holy Week which will be upon us this Sunday. Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey with shouts of “hosanna!” and leaves the holy city carrying the cross; ultimately to his death on Good Friday.
Jewish pilgrims believed that even the architecture of Jerusalem spoke of the very power of God. Yet in this very place the Son of God was condemned to death. Why here? Christ was leading us out of our earthly home and opening the door to His house. Christ, the new Adam, was leading us home.
“Home is where the heart is.” Home is the place where Christ enters to change us and lead us. Home is a place of growth and transformation.
My home does not speak of the grandeur of God like Jerusalem, but it does speak of our family faith.
“You must choose this day who you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” Joshua 24:15
My prayer is that as my wife and I invite Christ into our home, He transforms our dwelling place (both physical and spiritual) with His presence and ultimately moves our hearts from security in our earthly home and re-situates our hearts in His home — our “forever home”.
“Our Hearts are Restless Until They Rest in You”
Saint Augustine of Hippo