Why does the believer mourn? Why such longing in his or her heart? Because when we are saved this world is no longer our home. Yes, we live here, but our hearts are also in heaven.
Paul taught the Ephesians this aspect of their salvation:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ…God who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 1:3, 4-6, NKJV).
Born again believers are unlike any other people on earth. They live in two places at once—in heaven but also on earth. This causes them to inwardly groan. The Christian is like a woman whose husband has gone on a far journey. Even though space has separated them, she longs to be with him. She experiences the delights of love but also the deep desires and pain that also come with love. She is one with her bridegroom, but she yearns for him to be near—she yearns, for his presence, just like we long for heaven on earth.
We are like a son longing to be with his father. After we see the light, God gives us the Spirit of Sonship by which we cry, “Abba, Father” (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6). Our hearts now forever cry out for that which is above, in the same way the earth continually cries for rain. Our hearts now mourn when wickedness triumphs and when we do not see the manifestation of God’s glory (Psa. 119:136). We are disturbed, even depressed at times, because of this place of our pilgrimage. It is the desire for our Father that moves us to pray. Only his presence puts our hearts at rest.
Prayer: Lord, as the Psalmist longed for you in Psalm 42, I long to be with you. I know you are with me, but I want to know you more. I long for your presence. It’s only in your presence that my heart is at rest. Come, Lord Jesus!