“How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, 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 lay her young— Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, My King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; They will still be praising You. Selah”
Psalms 84:1-4 NKJV
Reflection on a quiet Sunday morning
It is in the morning hours that I find the peace I so crave. I try to hold on to it, to secure it so that it does not get away. The noise of the world is pressing against my consciousness, seeking to drive my emotions, causing me to stumble. All these things are the machinations of the evil one, bent on distracting me.
Oh how I love the moments before the dawn. It is time to reflect on the goodness of God. I am also thankful for the way the Lord knows what to present before me, to right me, to refocus my attention on Him and not all the strife of this world.
Reading through Psalm eighty four, was a great reminder of that need to be alone with Him, as we are wired for dependency upon God. It is in the midst of the pressures of the world that I find myself longing for home, for that coming time when eternity will be my abode.
I long for the guidance of the Shepherd of my soul, who guides me and cares for me.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
Psalms 23:1-4 NKJV
The times we are in are filled with peril, as we are seeing many transitions and events unfolding, that give rise to fear and hope, as we look longingly for the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ. In that hope for the appearing, we find strength, as we await for all things to play out according to the Lord’s plan.
In those moments it can seem as if we are deep in the valley, overwhelmed, but like any valley, it will rise, and we will find ourselves on higher ground. We need not fear, for the Lord is with us. He gives us the strength to go on.
“Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah”
Psalms 84:5-8 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, we know the end of the story, and we know that the victory has been already won. Let us focus on the Lord. He has given us His word, His Spirit for those who are born again, and He has given us His presence when two or more are gathered together. May we rejoice and look forward to the time when we will look upon the Lord.
These times are certainly troubling, and indeed vexing, but we have the Lord God. What is before us in eternity, is far more than what we face today. Let is go about our days telling others of the message of the Gospel: that Jesus lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sins, was buried and rose again.
Let us tell with rejoicing the story the Lord has given us, of how He has changed us, and is changing us day by day.
“O God, behold our shield, And look upon the face of Your anointed. For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, Blessed is the man who trusts in You!”
Psalms 84:9-12 NKJV
Have a glorious Sunday!