If you haven’t ever read Psalm 84, stop what you’re doing and pause to read it now:
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.”
Do you feel the joyous peace pouring out from the heart of the psalmist? The comfort, security and knowledge that God is our home indeed. Pastor Paul Vanden Brink, of Grace Valley Church in Dundas, Ontario, unpacks this Psalm and its implications for our lives. As we walk into an insecure future, we can secure ourselves in the God who created everything and is never surprised at any circumstance and is always steadfastly working for our good, no matter what. He is our home.