The Dwelling Place of God

1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Psalm 90:1

Moses wrote this psalm. With several million feisty, grumbling followers to care for while going around and around in the desert for forty years, Moses certainly knew instability. So it was in this context that he wrote this. He recognized that there really was only one stable thing in life – the Lord God Almighty. Even amidst the bickering and complaining, and the long hot days he knew there was one constant in his life. Of course the Israelites carried the Tabernacle with them wherever they want. The Tabernacle represented the place where the Lord dwelled. Moses seemed to be going much further than a structure.

Whether it was the Tabernacle, the burning bush on Mt. Horeb or the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai, the fire at night and the cloud by day, God was clearly with them and guiding them every step of the way. Unfortunately, the Israelites did not recognize His hand in all of that. Not only didn’t they recognize Him, but they complained that his guidance and provisions weren’t enough.

Moses, on the other hand, had seen and done what no man had ever done before: he spoke directly with God.

If we’re not careful we too can miss “big picture” guidance and provisions. We can get so focused on minutia that we forget the more important tasks of loving God and loving people. It really only boils down to those two important principles in life.

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