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Thoughts on Psalm 23 — 7: Impatiently Waiting for Heaven

Day 7 of Thoughts on Psalm 23

“I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6, ESV‬‬).‬‬‬‬‬‬

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m an extremely impatient person. I get so excited for things that I don’t wait well. I constantly track packages I’ve ordered and keep watch for the second they arrive at my house. I’ve camped out for the new iPhone more times than I care to admit. I count down the days to vacation and allow that to consume my mind. The problem with my impatience is that it’s shown toward things that are really meaningless in the grand scheme of things. Imagine for a second if we showed this sort of impatience for heaven.

What if heaven consumed our minds and our hearts? We would live every day just imagining what it will be like to dwell in the house of the Lord; it would bring such joy and excitement to our lives. If we look at the world we live in today, we see nothing but hate and sin. So, what is heaven going to be like, where sin is no longer present? It’s hard not to be impatient when we consider this. I have to admit, part of me wants to just leave this world and go to my heavenly home today!

However, we are still here, and since we are, there is still a purpose for us on earth. Yet when are minds are focused on heaven, our lives here on earth change for the better. One of the biggest dangers for the Christian is to allow our minds to be consumed with the things of this world. When we focus on heaven, we look at this world as temporary. Billy Graham said, “My home is in heaven. I’m just passing through this world.” With heaven as our focus, our priorities in life change and we begin to become more effective in our service for God. 

As I meditate on the conclusion of this Psalm, I’m reminded of one of my favorite hymns: 

There’ll be no sorrows there,
No more burdens to bear,
No more sickness, no pain,
No more parting over there;
And forever I will be 

With the One who died for me.
What a day, glorious day that will be.

What a day that will be
When my Jesus I shall see,
When I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand
And leads me through the Promised Land
What a day, glorious day that will be. 

What will that moment be like when our eyes gaze on the One who died for us? What will it be like to see the wounds of Calvary—wounds that rescued me? No more sin, I can hardly imagine. How can I wrap my mind around what that will be like? There is nothing I’m more anxious for than finally meeting my Lord, to dwell in His house forever. 

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