When was the last time you thought about heaven? Do you ever wonder what it will be like? Well, the psalmist paints the perfect picture of what heaven will be like then, and what heaven is like right now, right were this finds you.
God, our God!
Notice the psalmist doesn’t stop with the single word God, but he continues to exult, “our God!” This is heaven then and this is heaven now. Knowing that God is our God is to know a truth that is as comforting as it is encouraging.
The comfort in “our God” is cosmic in proportion! It is a comfort in seasons of plenty and want . . . in times of health and sickness . . . in moments of joy and anguish. It is to know that were we are, He is! And that is the definition of heaven: being in the presence of our God.
Have you ever stopped to consider the encouragement from knowing this truth? To know God as “our God” is to know that . . .
- God is strength in your weakness
- God is calm in your storm
- God is light in your darkness
- God is wisdom in your doubt
- God is peace in your dark night of the soul
Remember, heaven is heaven only because our God is there. There is a story of an old saint lying on his deathbed; he was asked how he would feel, after decades of talking about Jesus and spending eternity with Him in heaven, if he woke up in hell. He responded with a smile: “My God promised never to leave me nor forsake me. So if I wake up in hell, I know that Jesus will be there and it will be heaven to me!”
Sadly, so few in the church today understand the truth the psalmist knew by way of personal experience. God seems distant and far off to them because they have not appropriated the Almighty.
What does that mean . . . to appropriate the Almighty?
Appropriate: to take to or for oneself; take possession of
Here is how the 19th century prince of preachers, Charles Spurgeon, framed out what the psalmist is telling us:
It is strange how little use we make of the spiritual blessings which God gives us, but it is stranger still how little use we make of God Himself. Though He is “our own God,” we apply ourselves but little to Him, and ask but little of Him. How seldom do we ask counsel at the hands of the Lord! How often do we go about our business, without seeking His guidance! In our troubles how constantly do we strive to bear our burdens ourselves, instead of casting them upon the Lord, that He may sustain us! This is not because we may not, for the Lord seems to say, “I am yours, come and make use of me as you will; you may freely come to my store, and the oftener the more welcome.”
If heaven is the presence of God, the question that needs to be asked is, “Are you experiencing heaven today?” If not, why not? Appropriate the Almighty in every area of life, and the place you occupy on this earth will be heaven to you!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!