As I was reading this week, I came across Psalm 84 and found it so uplifting and encouraging to listen to the words of a man that was so in awe and excited about God that these words poured forth out of his soul… but I also found it challenging! As we come together this morning we will sing songs and spend time focusing in on communion and prayer, and we will ask for God’s help and guidance in our lives… but do we actually long for his courts? Have we worked to keep an understanding that this world is not our home, and long to be with God in heaven… or have we become so attached to this world and our life in it that those thoughts don’t really ever cross our mind… much less come out like this:
Psalm 84 (ESV)
How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.
3 Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise!
5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
6 As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.
8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob!
9 Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed!
10 For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!
My prayer is that, as we celebrate the 4th (and a day off from work) that we also spend time celebrating the fact that we are children of God and talk to others about why we are longing for that day when we get to be with him in heaven and see him face to face!
Striving alongside you for the prize,