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 have always found that when I start my prayer time by reading the Bible, I feel 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 away. The idea being that if they were looking at the same moon, the child would feel connected to them. Though this may be a sentimental thought, there is no real connection. It is outside the body, but 2 Corinthians 1:22 tells us we have an internal connection to our Heavenly Father because He has put His Spirit in 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 Word of truth is the line that connects believers to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and to the timeline of eternity. It transcends space and time, 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 to 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 not only tells me what isle it’s on but takes 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?