Pilgrimage OLS — Week Eight

Home.

It’s that place where we can finally experience relief and rest, peace and security.

As Christians, our home is a place where we live, a person with whom we have a relationship, and a position with certain responsibilities attached to it. We have the hope of heaven in the kingdom of God. We will be face to face with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And, according to Revelation 22:3-5, we will serve the Lord and reign forever and ever. Oh what a hope there is in the promise of our eternal home! It’s that place where there will be no death, no more mourning, or crying, or pain. The Lord Himself will wipe away every tear from our eyes. Oh what glory awaits us!

In this last week of study, Week 8, in Pilgrimage of the Heart in Psalm 27, we learned about the Home of the Pilgrim. We learned that our home affects who we are and how we live. The pilgrim acts differently from one who is in the world. He or she has different priorities, affections, and attachments. The pilgrim evaluates events in a different way from the world. Quantity is not as important as quality. Obscurity is not a failure, and poverty is not a liability. The greatest Friend of the pilgrim is the One who cannot be seen yet is ever present and who leads every step of the way: the Lord Jesus Christ. And when the pilgrim steps from time into eternity, he or she will be met by this One who has led. Face to face, the pilgrim will have the great pleasure of hearing those wonderful words: Well done, good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:21).

I have my eyes set on my heavenly, eternal home. And I am so thankful for the perspective of being a pilgrim on a pilgrimage of the heart. I realize that this life is not all there is nor is it the best there is. And the promises of God in His Word show me that the best is truly yet to come!

I invite you to read Psalm 27 and write out what you learn. Then share your insights in the Comments.

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
2 When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
3 Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.

4 One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord
And to meditate in His temple.
5 For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
6 And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice,
And be gracious to me and answer me.
8 When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.”
9 Do not hide Your face from me,
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not abandon me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
But the Lord will take me up.

11 Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a level path
Because of my foes.
12 Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries,
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
13 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27 NASB

Thank you for taking this wonderful journey with me in Pilgrimage of the Heart.

I am already looking forward to the next Annual Seasonal Online Study of my new book of quiet times to be released this Fall, 2014, entitled, Walk On Water Faith — A Quiet Time Experience. Stay tuned for the press release.

♥ God bless you as you continue this great adventure of knowing Him!

Catherine

Sola Scriptura

What is God teaching you as you have been living in Psalm 27 in Week 8 of Pilgrimage of the Heart? And what has been the greatest truth you’ve learned in your journey in Pilgrimage of the Heart?
Please comment.

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