God dwelleth in the heavens. There is the Tabernacle of his Majesty. There is the Temple of his Honor. When Jesus teaches us to pray, “Our Father, who art in Heaven,” He detaches the soul from everything earthly, and lifts up our heart on high, in order that we shall no more think in earthly terms of the Majesty of our God. To dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of our life, means: every morning, noon and night to be so clearly conscious of our fellowship with the Living God, that our thoughts go out to Him, that we hear the sound of His voice in our soul, that we are aware of His sacred presence round about us, that we experience His operations upon our heart and conscience, and shun everything we would not dare to do in His immediate presence. The Psalmist goes one step further, which plainly shows that already under the Old Covenant, amid the shadows, the faithful grasped the higher reality. For, he adds, “I will take refuge in the covert of Thy wings” (Psalm 61:4 RV) To think of the glory of God above, to picture life in His holy Temple, to have walks among angels and saints before the white throne, is not yet enough. The house of the Lord may enclose our fellowship with Him, but in that house we shall look for God Himself. One must live with a person in his house, in order to enjoy his company, the house is nothing to us without him, and he is our first and chief concern in it.
Such is the case with our search after fellowship with God.
“Sursum corda!” – lift up your hearts. I will lift up my heart to the trysting-place of Thy holiness.
But this is not the end. In order to find God, we must dwell in His house. To be near unto Him in His house is the sole end and aim of all godly desire and endeavor.
1Co_3:16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
Abraham Kuyper, “To Be Near Unto God”