|The view from the kitchen table.|
Does the Psalmist really want to pack his bags and move into the temple made of gold and silver? I don’t think he does anymore than we would desire to make our bed in the local church building. I believe he understands that there is no manmade structure that could contain God’s power and beauty. “The Most High does not live in houses made by men. As the prophet says: ‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool'” (Acts 7:48 & Isaiah 66:1).
God’s presence extends everywhere simultaneously and even the whole world cannot contain Him. David, the Psalmist, has seen God’s goodness throughout his life and longs to dwell in the presence of the Almighty One forever. He understands that residing in the shadow of the Almighty provides a hiding place in time of trouble and a place of deliverance in time of need.