The reason worship moves us so much is because it brings us closer to the dwelling place of the Lord. It’s not the music that does it but our hearts rendered to God that draws us close. When the presence of the Lord is there, we can’t help but sing for joy to the living God. There is no place else like the courts of the Lord.
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.
The Psalmist knew how wonderful it was to be in the presence of the LORD. It was the place he preferred to be over anywhere else. To be in the place where the LORD dwelled gave him the best feeling he could experience. His soul was consumed with the beauty and power of the Almighty God. We can experience the beauty of the presence of the LORD through the power of the Holy Spirit. It can be almost anywhere, but we have to seek it.
The writer of this Psalm longed to be in the Lord’s dwelling place. The desire in his heart was so great that he was ready to faint if he didn’t make it there. To long for something means that it affects every area of your body. Your gut craves it, your mind focuses on it, and your heart rides the emotional roller coaster until you realize it. Is the writer being overly dramatic? Not at all. He has been in the presence of the Lord, and nothing else compares to it.
Sing for Joy
When he finally arrives in the Holy of Holies, he is completely satisfied. Everything in him sings for joy. His heart is satisfied, and his flesh is full of life. When we experience the presence of the Lord, it changes us forever, and we can’t get enough of it. Seek the dwelling place of the Lord. When you arrive there, sing for joy to the living God.