Psalm 43:3 “Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.”
I find that when I read the Bible, I feel closer, more connected to God. This verse tells us it is because God’s Word and truth bring us into His presence, into the place where He dwells. When my girls were young, we read a picture book in which a child’s parents were going to travel far away. The parents told their child to look up at the moon while they were gone. The idea being that if they were looking at the same moon, the child would feel connected. Though this may be a sentimental thought, there is no real connection. It is outside the body, but 2 Corinthians 1:22 tells us that we have an internal connection to our heavenly Father because He has put His Spirit into our hearts as a deposit. It is a Spirit which brings truth. God gave us truth in His Word; “Your Word is truth” (John 17:17). He gave us truth in His Son; “I am the way and the truth” (John 14:6). He gave us truth in the Holy Spirit; “the Spirit of truth” (John 14:17). So His truth is the line that connects believers to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and to the timeline of eternity. It transcends time and space, heaven and earth. It’s our key into the place where God dwells. We cannot MapQuest our way to God’s holy dwelling. Actually, people can’t even MapQuest their way to my house because the directions are incorrect. But God promises to guide us, to take us to His holy dwelling personally, and there won’t be any wrong turns. It reminds me of a time when my family stopped to ask for directions while traveling in Ireland. The man we asked didn’t just tell us how to get where we wanted to go, he walked us to the place. Or when I ask where something is in the grocery store and the employee tells me what aisle it’s on, and then walks me to the item. God gives us the light and then guides us to Him with the strength of His Word and truth. “In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling” (Exodus 15:13). The same strength which spoke the universe into existence and sustains it. “Sustaining all things by His powerful Word” (Hebrews 1:3) Are you connected to God by His Word and truth, or are you living a parallel life that never touches His strength?
Where are you getting your directions to God’s holy dwelling?
How strong is your connection to God, and on what is it based?