- The Source
- The Sovereign By Definition
- The Sovereign By Decree
- The Sovereign By Design: Part I
- The Sovereign By Design: Part II
- The Sovereign By Design: Part III
- The Sovereign By Design: Part IV
- The Sovereign By Design: Part V
- The Sovereign By Design: Part VI
- The Sovereign By Design: Part VII
- The Supply: My Giver: Introduction
- The Supply My Giver: Part I
- The Supply My Giver: Part II
- The Supply My Giver: Part III
- The Supply My Giver: Part IV
- The Supply My Giver: Part V
- The Supply My Giver: Part VI
- The Supply My Giver: Part VII
- The Supply My Giver: Part VIII
- The Supply My Giver: Part IX
- The Supply My Giver: Part X
- The Security; My Guard
“…I will dwell in the house of the LORD…” (Psalms 23:6b)
Now David brings together where his spirit will “dwell” (or abide) in this life. Where the Sheep dwells spiritually can only be in the House of the LORD (or of Jehovah).
“I will” is a statement of fact, not of maybe – David said, “I will.” This reveals David’s assurance of his Positive Position in Christ; knowing who God is and who David is “in Christ.”
“Dwell”; David’s Perception of His Positon, and the Where (or in Whom) of his Position. However, David knew by what he had said in verses 1 through 6a, that his dwelling, or abiding, was solely based on who God was to him, “My Shepherd” (The LORD; Jehovah; the only True and Living God; for there is no other God beside Jehovah).
David was not saying “I will” in his own strength; but it was a confession of faith of the knowledge God had given in Grace, by the Mercy in Christ, of the Promises of Life and Godliness in Christ Jesus:
“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:” (2 Peter 1:3)
David had been given this knowledge by the Spirit of God, not on his works, but by the Grace of God in Christ. (Amen and Amen!)
Many Sheep today have been taught wrongly by those who believe in a salvation by works. But no, no – it is a Salvation by Grace, and Grace alone:
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
It is not by the Sheep’s faith; but by Christ, Who is The Faith. Christ is the Gift given to the Sheep; whereby the Sheep can see and hear God’s call to them; whereby they know Christ is their Shepherd, and a stranger they will not follow. They have an understanding:
“And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” (1 John 5:20)
Therefore, David made a public profession of faith: “I will dwell…”
The Where: “in the house of the LORD”
David knew of the House (or where God dwells). This can be seen when David wanted to build a house for the Ark of God to be placed.
God did not allow David to build the Temple to house the Ark; but God did allow David to bring the Ark of God into Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6; 1 Chronicles 15); and to gather the building materials to build the Temple.
David knew God dwelt in the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle, above the Mercy Seat of God. David desired that special fellowship with God; for he knew the importance of God’s Presence in his life. (See Psalm 51:1-17.)
Therefore, in his reign as king of Israel, he made preparations for Solomon to build the physical Temple that would house the Ark, that would be the dwelling place of God on the earth. (Read 2 Samuel 7.)
However, David had the understanding that the House of the LORD was more, much more than a physical house. David said, “I will dwell in the house of the LORD” now and forever. David was given the ability to see the future Spiritual House of God.
David could see Christ, in the future, the House of God Himself – dwelling here on earth in first a physical Body. David saw God manifested in the flesh in the Body of Jesus Christ.
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” (1 Timothy 3:16)
David then could see the Body of Christ, the Church, the Temple of God. He knew it was a Spiritual House (Ephesians 2:19-22). He also knew that he was part of that Body of Christ.
So many people who profess Christ to be their Lord and Savior have seemingly no understanding of what David knew of the House of God. It seems that many have not read Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19-20. It seems that Colossians 1:27 is in a foreign language: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” They seem to have not read the statements in Galatians 3:25-29:
“But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. (26) For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. (27) For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (29) And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:25-29)
Or the statement of 1 Corinthians 12:13:
“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:13)
“The Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20-21) – or, the King is in the midst of you.
The Kingdom of God is not meat and drink, “…but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Romans 14:17).
Jesus said to Pilate:
“Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” (John 18:36)
“For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” (1 Corinthians 4:20)
Paul also said:
“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; (20) And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; (21) In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: (22) In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:19-22)
David knew that God’s House, His Body, His Church, His Kingdom, is where he dwelled. But Reader, do you know this?
David knew it in complete assurance. David knew, “I shall not want… I will fear no evil… I will dwell in the house of the LORD” – for God (Jehovah) “is my shepherd”; and “thou art with me.”
Oh, what a Savior/Shepherd the Sheep have! Oh, what a Supply the Sheep have been given by the Shepherd.