Beulah Land

On glorious spring days like today– when the wind blows gently through the budding trees and the sun warms my skin–it is easy to think about Heaven and wonder how beautiful it must be. Indeed, more wonderful than even the “perfect day” here.

In Deuteronomy 34, Moses goes with God to the top of a mountain and gets to see the Promised Land before he dies. He sees everything that God promised to His people, even “as far as the sea”. I can only imagine the over-whelming joy and beauty of seeing it after years of wandering through deserts.

Is that not also how it must be for us? Our most beautiful place here on Earth is like a barren desert compared to Heaven’s magnificence.

Moses was the only one who got to see the Promised Land in it’s entirety. The rest of the people only heard of it through reports and only a select few even saw portions of it before they began to enter. Each person had to walk forward by faith when God said that something better was waiting for them. They believed that the promises were real.

God saw and planned and prepared a place for them that they could not have even imagined. How could they? They were still at the base of the mountain at the edge of the desert.

On Casting Crown’s latest CD Glorious Day, the last song is “Beulah Land”. It is one of the best versions of this old song that I have heard. It is sung with bittersweet longing– and hope.

One day, we will see what God has already seen and promised us. One day, we too will enter the Promised Land–and we will never look back.

Beulah Land

(1876, Edgar P. Stites)

I’m kind of homesick for a country To which I’ve never been before. No sad goodbyes will there be spoken for time won’t matter anymore.

Beulah Land, I’m longing for you, And some day, on thee I’ll stand. There my home shall be eternal. Beulah Land–sweet Beulah land.

I’m looking now, across the river, where my faith will end in sight. There’s just a few more days to labor. Then I will take my heavenly flight.

Further reading: Deuteronomy 8:7-10; Isaiah 33:17 & Isaiah 62:4

image via flickr commons via Tommy Clark

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