Do you ever find it hard connecting with people? Do you feel like you have to erect walls and put on masks of professionalism in order to operate in fellowship with people? Do you feel like you can’t be yourself? Many times we need to be professional in certain relationships. It isn’t always a bad thing, but it can be exhausting. Isn’t it always nice to kick off your shoes and flop down on your couch and relax. You’re in your place. You don’t have to be anyone else but yourself. That feeling of this is my home should be how we approach Gods presence.
Psalm 91:9 says, Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation. The word refuge means a place where you run for safety. God is truly a place where we can run to safety. But that is not our focus today. Think about that word habitation. It has the idea of habitat. The place where you live. The place where, may I say it, you are comfortable. God wants us to live, in His presence.
Oftentimes we think that we have to put up a front with God. Like we have to be professional because we are coming before God. This isnt true at all. Yes, we must be reverent, but God knows who we are. He loves us anyway. If there is anyone we can be comfortable around, it is God. If there is anyone we can be ourselves around, it is Him. When we come before Him in prayer, we should be respectful, but we can unload. You can, cast your burden upon the Lord. We can tell God all of our problems to God. He wants us to.
I would like to challenge you, make God your habitation. Spend time with God and realize who He is. He knows everything about you. He knows all your flaws and faults, yet He loves you anyway. Come before Him and rest in His presence. Make Him your habitation, your dwelling place, the place you go when you need to relax. The place you never want to leave. God wants you to spend time with Him. He wants to be your refuge: your home base, your fortress, your (in modern terms) safe-house. You can unload your problems on God. You can tell Him about everything that is going on. He will heal you and patch you up so you can go out and be a witness for others and fight the good fight of faith. He wants you to live in His presence. Wont you?
Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Psalm 90:1
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22