Have you ever found yourself in a place where you didn’t feel as if you belonged? This might be an actual physical place, but it might also be an emotional space, or a spiritual space where you are not comfortable. You recognize that you don’t belong there and you’re desperate for a better place.
You’re desperate for a place that feels like home.
This is the grand theme of one of my favourite Psalms—Psalm 84.
The author of the 84th Psalm describes his intense yearning for “the courts of the Lord” and how his “heart and flesh cry out for the living God” (Ps. 84:1, 2). Home for the psalmist is in the company of the Almighty.
Within the psalm, God’s company is described as “lovely”—it is attractive, and desirable. The psalmist also indicates that those who experience the company of the Lord, those who find their way home, will experience abiding happiness: “Happy are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you” (Ps. 84:4).
But here’s the challenge: gaining and keeping the company of God is not an automatic thing. The blessing of God’s company is something to be strived after. The psalmist describes this striving as a “pilgrimage” as if to indicate that this is not a quick trip, but rather, a lengthy excursion.
Thankfully, God wants us to find our way home, and He will help our striving.
I do not know where you are at in your pilgrimge. But I am confident that if you are earnestly seeking after God, you will find Him. And when you do, you will find that this is life as it ought to be. When we are in the company of God , it is then that we are truly at home.