Monday 11 June, 2018

Psalm 84

For the director of music. According to gittith. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. 1 How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! 2 My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 3 Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young— a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God. 4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. 5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. 6 As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. 7 They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. 8 Hear my prayer, Lord God Almighty; listen to me, God of Jacob. 9 Look on our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one. 10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. 11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. 12 Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.

I have loved this psalm for many years & many verses have been my heart cry.

It speaks to me of finding a home, a place to belong, place of safety & security a place to be productive … I get this picture of this big huge place & yet intimate .. all within God.

We all long to belong somewhere to fit in to be loved … this Psalm shows me that God is that place. His dwelling place, His courts, His alter, His house, Him.

Whenever I feel like I don’t fit in or don’t belong I need to keep my eyes on Him as in Him I will always belong I will always find home and when I find that in Him I am strengthened & I can bring it to others .. Making those desolate places springs.

Father thank you for this beautiful psalm this encouragement of complete inclusive belonging in You.

Written by Suzie Hodgson

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