Psalm 119:54

Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
~ Psalm 119:54

Songs are typically songs of praise and joy. They are often associated with rejoicing. However, there are also songs of lamentation and sorrow. The Psalmist variously expresses delight in God’s statutes throughout this Psalm and it seems best to take these songs as the notes of joy.

Note the use of house and pilgrimage. These seem conflicting ideas. If you are a pilgrim, you’re wandering and not in a house. If you have a house, you are not a pilgrim. The paradox resolves for the child of God because we have no continuing city here on earth. We are strangers and pilgrims on the earth (Hebrews 11:13-14). Whether you stop in a shack or a palace, it is merely an inn on the way home.

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