“When I get up, I’ll see your full stature and live heaven on earth.” Psalm 17.15b
Life in the past 24 hours came with nice highs and awesome lows. It isn’t that anything terrible happened, it just the feeling of being hit squarely in the mid-section by people who are on your side.
Days like this cause me to wonder. Wonder about what a perfect day would be like. Wonder what heaven is going to be like. Trying to imagine what God looks and is like. Anticipating how seeing God will change who I am.
David frequently expresses the hope and anticipation of seeing God. David’s life, as recorded, shows a man with a full cup of human weaknesses. It would appear David’s primary strength was in seeking forgiveness. This man knew how to confess!
Is confession the key? What do we think confession will do?
Yesterday, as friends quietly stabbed me I, I clearly saw my anger. People on my side were behaving as “bastards.” I was at war.
I sought God later in the day. Seeking refuge and finding a place to rest. The pressures of the day past, issues pricked, a fresh and true course sighted. Grace and love are comfortable blankets in moments like this. Is this a taste of heaven?
Grace comes in little ways; the voice of a friend far away on the telephone, the love of children, and funny wit of a missing lover. Grace and acceptance are cornerstones of heaven. Is this what it means to live heaven on earth?
Fighting the enemy, complaining to God about things not just, taking action, letting God get revenge are all ways of confronting the enemy. The enemy often knocks me down and I find it difficult to get up and move on without wondering who is going to pay for my pain.
How does David know God will be there? How does David have the confidence of seeing His face? Why does David believe he can live heaven on earth?
Because he exercised faith and felt grace.
So can we.