How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise. Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. As they go through the valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; the God of gods will be seen in Zion. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed. For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor. No good thing does the Lord withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, happy is everyone who trusts in you.
Food for Thought:
One of my favorite lines of Scripture is found in this Psalm: “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere”. I know that in my own spiritual life, the times when I have been maintaining the spiritual practices like prayer, reading Scripture, giving of one’s time and talents, have been the times that I felt closest to God. The times when I have immersed myself in my own concerns have been the most miserable times for me , and I have felt separated from God during these times. Think back about your own spiritual life. Is there a spiritual practice that you need to work on?
Loving God, you refine silver and shelter the sparrow’s nest. Help us to remember that you are always with us. Remind us that a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. Guide us so that we don’t fall into wickedness and help us to be your faithful disciples in this world. In your name we pray, Amen.