As we conclude our focus and amplify study of Psalm 23 let’s reflect on the last phrase: “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “The house of the Lord referred to the sanctuary (tabernacle). For the rest of his life (lit., ‘length of days’) he would enjoy full communion with the Lord. In fact the Hebrew verb translated ‘I will dwell’ conveys the idea of returning…Perhaps the psalmist was in some way separated from the sanctuary and full enjoyment of its spiritual benefits. His meditation on the Lord’s leading and provisions prompted him to recall his communion with the Lord in His presence, in the sanctuary.”
In other words, he was looking to the future, and by faith affirming the fulfillment of his desire to again be in the tabernacle and enjoying the presence of God. I don’t doubt that was probably true, but I believe it also has reference to our ultimate home, the heavenly tabernacle. That is our blessed hope. That’s what makes all that we experience on our earthly journey to make sense.
We have a glorious destiny. It will be worth it all when we see Jesus, our great and good shepherd, in glory. That great day is approaching. I believe it is coming soon. Are you ready? Can you say with confidence, “The Lord is MY shepherd!” If you can’t, I trust this study of Psalm 23 has encouraged you to take that step of faith, asking Jesus to be your shepherd/Savior. Ask Him right now. Then let me know.