God’s Attributes 11
“God is Our Home”
Pastor David Moore
New Testament reading: Luke 9:57‐62
As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
Home is a place of peace, of refuge, a place of protection. Today we are going to explore King David’s search and his longing for God.
Old Testament reading: Psalm 27:1‐14
The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.
One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life. To gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in his temple. For in the days of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.
Hear my voice when I call, O LORD; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says to you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek. Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, O God my Savior. Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me. Teach me your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. Do not turn me over to the desires of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence.
I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
Psalm 27 is a strategy for living. There are questions that need to be answered.
1. Am I an accident or have I been designed by a Creator?
2. Is this life all there is or is there something else coming?
3. Is there something that determines what is right and wrong and is there justice at the end of life?
Home is where you can let your guard down and it is a place of safety where you can be yourself, you are accepted. A battlefield is the opponent. ~D. Moore
King David says those safe peaceful places don’t exist. Do you have a strategy for dealing with life challenges? ~D. Moore
When we realize the truth of our human situation, there are four options in how we respond to these human conditions.
1. We become blood thirsty.
2. We become cynical.
3. We become defeated and overwhelmed by the struggle.
4. King David answers to the human condition, “I know what life is about.
Life is meant to be lived in the presence of God before God’s face.”
Psalm 27:4 One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.
King David says what we have all been unconsciously searching for is God. It is God’s promise. All other relationship places are a show, an echo of what we really want in God. In our best relationships, beauty, music, and art, we will only catch a glimpse (a sense of what we want) in God. ~D. Moore
How can we face God (stand before Him) when we have offended God? How can God be our home when we have offended Him? ~D. Moore
All that was necessary was to look – look away from self and look to Jesus. Look to what God has already done.
1. God comes to us to tell us to seek Him. If you are tired of the battle, seek Him.
2. I will believe and I will see the goodness of the Lord.
This week: Reflect on where God is and what He has done in order to save you. You are loved by God and only His opinion matters. Home is where we are face to face with God, who loves us and died for us. God is welcoming you home. God bless.