The beauty of God’s dwelling

4 Jun

As hard as Psalm 83 was to write about, Psalm 84 is that easy.  It is a beautiful psalm of praise about the dwelling place of God.    What I like most about the psalm is the movement throughout the poem from the building where God dwells to the lives of God’s people where God also dwells.

1-2 What a beautiful home, God-of-the-Angel-Armies!
I’ve always longed to live in a place like this,
Always dreamed of a room in your house,
where I could sing for joy to God-alive!

As much as the buildings of our churches can be a drain on its ministry, I like the image in verses 3 and 4.  I think our churches should be as this description of the temple in Jerusalem, as resting place where sparrows and swallows can make their nest.  I think the church should be a place of actually sanctuary.  Where people find peace and rest and recharge themselves to grasp the vision God has for the faith community.  Isn’t that a great image, a place where the birds are singing and we are worshiping.

3-4 Birds find nooks and crannies in your house,
sparrows and swallows make nests there.
They lay their eggs and raise their young,
singing their songs in the place where we worship.
God-of-the-Angel-Armies! King! God!
How blessed they are to live and sing there!

And now, the best part of a wonderful psalm.  I love and try to live this image of God-traveled roads.  How often we forget that God is traveling within us.  I truly believe that any time can be more of a blessing to us and others if we will remember that God is present there.  I know this is a time when many people are gearing up for vacations.  I wonder what our daily lives would be like if we were more aware of the leading of God through those days.  Could each of those days be more of what we seek on vacation: adventure, peace, blessing, newness and wonder??  Anyway, it would be cheaper and less of a pain to get where we are going.

Here’s to seeing God in full view.  Here’s to enjoying the journey with God, maybe even in those God-dwelling places we call church.  Enjoy the rest of the psalm.

5-7 And how blessed all those in whom you live,
whose lives become roads you travel;
They wind through lonesome valleys, come upon brooks,
discover cool springs and pools brimming with rain!
God-traveled, these roads curve up the mountain, and
at the last turn—Zion! God in full view!

8-9 God-of-the-Angel-Armies, listen:
O God of Jacob, open your ears—I’m praying!
Look at our shields, glistening in the sun,
our faces, shining with your gracious anointing.

10-12 One day spent in your house, this beautiful place of worship,
beats thousands spent on Greek island beaches.
I’d rather scrub floors in the house of my God
than be honored as a guest in the palace of sin.
All sunshine and sovereign is God,
generous in gifts and glory.
He doesn’t scrimp with his traveling companions.
It’s smooth sailing all the way with God-of-the-Angel-Armies.


One Response to “The beauty of God’s dwelling”

  1. Gail Perdue June 5, 2013 at 1:47 am #

    Thanks Mary! I needed this today!

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