“And I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” (Psalm 23.6b)
Recently we went on vacation to Walt Disney World. It was our first time to visit the famous theme park. From the moment we decided to go our destination was clear. We made reservations, purchased our airline tickets, and made preparations. With vacations and with life, if you don’t deliberately plan a destination and make preparations, you will never arrive where you want to go.
If David’s experience with his Shepherd taught him anything it was that he wanted to be with Him. On another occasion he wrote:
“In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16.11)
It was his passion…
“One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life.” (Psalm 27.4)
David’s destination was clear, and he made deliberate preparations to get there. As king of Israel during its golden age, he had everything a man’s heart could desire…but still his heart desired to be with the LORD.
Some people don’t believe there is a heaven; others believe in heaven but not in hell. I choose to believe in the One who claimed to come from there, who lived a life of impeccable character, who was crucified on a cross, laid in a tomb, and who rose again on the third day. He then told His disciples:
“I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.” (John 20.17)
Forty days later they saw Him ascend into heaven with the clouds. I follow Jesus because I know of no greater authority.
But Jesus also preached about another final destination. It was made for the devil and the angels who followed him in rebellion. It is a place Jesus described as “outer darkness” where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 8.12).
The Bible teaches that we are each headed for one destination or the other. Only the Good Shepherd can bring us to the Father’s house (John 14.6). Only He paid the price for our sins to give us eternal life.
Heaven is one destination you won’t want to miss. Better make sure you have a reservation. I would be glad to help.
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