My adult children complain that we never took them camping. I am not a fan of hard ground, cold temperatures or bugs! I am not too happy to hear noises and worry about being invaded by some animal making its way into the campsite. Give me a comfy hotel and I am happy! If I hear noises of room service, it will not worry me!
There is no roughing it in a tent like the one pictured. The rich thick rugs below look comfortable and the thick tapestries that form the ceiling keep things dry and cozy. I imagine that the nomad lifestyle prevalent in David’s day had the best ideas for tent living.
In our verse for today is a tent that is sacred and set apart. It represents God’s presence. The context describes enemies surrounding the tent. They are looking to devour, just like wild animals. But the one who trusts in the Lord is unconcerned. In God’s tent or temple there is confidence and safety. Inside that tent there is no fear. Instead there are shouts of joy! There is music and singing! God protects His children and fills their heart with joy. Trusting in Him I have no fear. What can mere mortal man do to me? (Psalm 118:6) My soul is at peace as my eternity is forever secured.
I can lift the flap of that tent and peek out at my enemies. Or, I can turn my eyes to gaze on His beauty! Thank you Lord, that whatever this day brings, I can rest confident in Your presence.
(Look familiar? This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule)