THEME: ANALOGY OF SPARROWS
Psalms 84:1-4 NIV
“How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 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. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.”
-The psalmist uses symbolism to explain the need to be in the presence of God. Some sparrow species have adapted to depend on humans and others survive on their own, and by the grace of God they find food and shelter. Like the sparrow which finds a home in God’s house, so is the need for each one of us to be in God’s presence. The psalmist explains his deep desire to be close to God saying, “my soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” Psalms 42:1-2 also exposes this same desire saying, “as the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” In God’s presence is where all created beings belong, with the Maker of the heavens and the earth. In the presence of God we find rest (Exodus 33:14), and peace in every situation.
You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy Lord. In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. As a deer pants for streams of water, my soul thirsts for You Lord our living God. My soul yearns, even faints, for Your courts Lord, my heart and my flesh cry out for You our living God. May Your revival bevome manifest in our nation and other nations of the world according to Your divine wish Lord. May our leaders find salvation in You Lord our God so that they may follow after Your statutes. May our youth find wisdom from You Lord that they may shun away from evil and follow You. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
Further reading: Jeremiah 29:13