O Lord, I love the habitation of your house and the place where your glory dwells. Psalm 26:8

God’s grace produced in David a trust in Him (v1), hatred of evil (v4-5), and a passion for living to glorify God through his life (v6-7). Ultimately, David longed to be with the Lord. Augustine, the great North African church father, said, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” 

God’s plan from the beginning was to live with humanity. He was with our first ancestors in the Garden. He dwelled with His people through the tabernacle and temple (representations of God’s presence). He took on human flesh, physically walking, talking and caring for His creation. Jesus died, rose again and ascended back to Heaven, so that He would send the Holy Spirit to live in His people. God’s temple is no longer a physical structure but a redeemed people (1 Corinthians 6:19). What this means is God is not only with you, but He is in you. 

Although social distancing has probably removed you from loved ones and friends, you are not alone. He lives in you!