“How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God” (Psalm 84:1-2, ESV). This psalm of the sons of Korah gives voice to the soul’s longing for nearness to God. God, mighty in power, is majestic in presence. We were made for God, to be with Him, and that fellowship has been broken by sin; so the souls of the redeemed cry out for closeness with Him. One day that longing will be fulfilled.
Set your heart upon the presence of God. Earthly joys can only allude to that blessedness awaiting believers at the end. Draw strength in your present trials by drawing near to God, and hope in dark times by remembering the glorious inheritance of the saints—an eternal home with God, who has called us from this world of darkness into the light of His holiness and grace.