I come undone every time at the end of all Dorothy’s desperate attempts to return home in the movie THE Wizard of Oz when she clicks her ruby slippers and repeats over and over “There’s no place like home.” This was my overwhelming. response as I came across Psalm 84 this morning. “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 O Lord Almighty, my King and my God. (V. 3) What does it mean to finally be home? Sanctuary. Peace. Being totally loved and accepted, cared for. Everthing makes sense. No more needs or wants because my Dad has everything covered. I hope you are inspired and blessed as you read and hear what God is saying to you in this Psalm.
This picture was taken after a lengthy and enjoyable conversation with the grounds keeper at a mansion in Anaheim Hills. High in the hills surrounded by giant red wood trees with a forever view to the ocean was this amazing gated home. How I could sense this man’s delight and joy to just be there tending the grounds. “Better is one day in Your courts than thousands elsewhere!”
HOW LOVELY are Your tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! My soul yearns, yes, even pines and is homesick for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out and sing for joy to the living God. Yes, the sparrow has found a house, 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 (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are those who dwell in Your house and Your presence; they will be singing Your praises all the day long. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man whose strength is in You, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. Passing through the Valley of Weeping (Baca), they make it a place of springs; the early rain also fills [the pools] with blessings. They go from strength to strength [increasing in victorious power]; each of them appears before God in Zion. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! Behold our shield [the king as Your agent], O God, and look upon the face of Your anointed! For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand [anywhere else]; I would rather be a doorkeeper and stand at the threshold in the house of my God than to dwell [at ease] in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts in You [leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, and that without fear or misgiving]!
Psalm 84:1-12 AMP