The View from the Outside

There is a battle, a war that rages in us. The eternal versus the temporal, this world versus the next. We, like David, go back and forth between the two. We are pulled by the lure of the world and yet knowing that none of it will last. Again, David takes his thoughts and cries to the Lord, the exact right place for us to leave our questions, doubts, anguish and fears.

“Hear my prayer, Lord, listen to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my weeping. I dwell with you as a foreigner, a stranger, as all my ancestors were.” Psalm 39:12

We are sojourners because this is not our home. In Hebrews 11 we are reminded that we are pilgrims, aliens, passing through.

Perhaps there are times when we experience the separation, that we don’t fit in. Maybe we feel like we are viewing the world from the outside and others are inside.

The reason?

We are.

This world is not our home. It is the doorway to our eternal, permanent residence and there we will not only fit in, we will be welcomed with waiting open arms.

Lord at times I also feel like David. I am a foreigner. Help me to remember that one of these days as verse 13 of this psalm says, I will depart. And when I do I will leave this world far behind.


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