Psalm 26:6b - "...and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
What did King David think about as he wrote this psalm? He probably wrote it at a time when King Saul enjoyed David singing to him to sooth a troubled spirit--Saul was losing his mind.
Saul had been anointed King of Israel by the prophet Samuel, but then Saul had decided he knew better than God what to do in reigning over Israel.
God was a little upset by that, and He told Samuel to anoint another to take Saul's place. That replacement was David. As with a lot of God's promises, David's reign did not occur instantaneously. He had to wait for it.
Did David think he would live in the tabernacle (a large tent) where the Ark of the Covenant resided, the place considered God's house? At the time he wrote the psalm, he probably lived close to Saul, but not in the tabernacle.
Yet David said he'd dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Forever is a pretty long time.
I think David might have been one of those rare old testament God followers who knew where God really lived and knew that was where he (David) always wanted to be--even after death.
A friend of mine said not too long ago that there's nothing like aging to make you realize how much nearer you are to forever and to make you wonder about if you will be spending eternity up or down, so to speak.
Jesus said there's only one way to get to heaven, through Him. I do want to live in the house of the Lord forever. Do you?
Prayer: Lord, thank You for accepting even me as one of your disciples. Thank You for forgiving my mess-ups. Thank You for leading me, day by day, in the way to Your house. Amen.