In-person worship services will be held as scheduled this Sunday. Please use discretion when determining whether roads are safe for your personal travel.
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1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
LORD of heavenly forces!
2 My very being longs, even yearns,
for the LORD’s courtyards.
My heart and my body
will rejoice out loud to the living God!
3 Yes, the sparrow too has found a home there;
the swallow has found herself a nest
where she can lay her young beside your altars,
LORD of heavenly forces, my king, my God!
4 Those who live in your house are truly happy;
they praise you constantly.
10 Better is a single day in your courtyards
than a thousand days anywhere else!
I would prefer to stand outside the entrance of my God’s house
than live comfortably in the tents of the wicked!
11 The LORD is a sun and shield;
God is favor and glory.
The LORD gives—doesn’t withhold!—good things
to those who walk with integrity.
12 LORD of heavenly forces,
those who trust in you are truly happy!
DO YOU KNOW?
This week’s GPS focuses on the Bible reasons for Resurrection’s current “Generation to Generation” campaign. For more information about the campaign, click here.
The psalms were both the hymnal and prayer book of the Hebrew people. Psalm 84, like many others (cf. also e.g. Psalm 63:1-4), expressed delight and longing for being in a place dedicated by and to God’s presence. Life’s high points, for this psalmist, involved meeting God in the Temple. In a charming observation, he noted that even birds like the sparrow and swallow showed a desire to be “beside your altars,” building nests in the Temple’s outdoor courts (verse 3).
Lord Jesus, you said I’m blessed when I hunger and thirst for righteousness. Nurture that wholesome hunger within me, and then feed me as I come to worship and serve you. Amen.
I once heard that the Psalms are like a medicine cabinet, having something for everyone in need. As a pharmacist for over 35 years, this analogy speaks to my heart. Today’s reading from Psalms is like a medicinal cream that brings relief to dry skin and parched souls.
God is our Great Physician, and he wants us to live healthy lives thriving physically, mentally, and spiritually. He sent his Son so we could have not only life, but life abundantly (John 10:10). If you’re anything like me, you have times when you’re physically strained, mentally drained, and spiritually dangling by a thread of uncertainty. Life and work can be exhausting, and trials can feel like a bad cold that you just can’t shake.
Certainly God’s Word paired with the Holy Spirit soothes our spirits. (I love these GPS devotions for just this reason.) But if I’m honest, I need people too. (Kind people who are filled with the Holy Spirit and know God’s Word.) I’m so grateful for the people who make up this church. Church of the Resurrection is one of these welcoming communities if you are searching for this type of connection.
You might have heard that a church is like a hospital; it’s here for people who may be hurting. I agree…to a degree. Like the staff and volunteers in a hospital, we’re here to help. No one gets all dressed up to go to the Emergency Room, and you don’t need to get your life in perfect, healthy order to come to church. Come as you are, trying not to treat the church like a hospital that you avoid until the pain is too great to bear. Come early and come often. Church helps keep us happy and healthy, thriving mentally and spiritually.
Our reading today opened with the line, “How lovely is your dwelling place, LORD of heavenly forces!” What made the Old Testament tabernacle and temple so lovely is that the Lord dwelt there powerfully. As we move through the New Testament, the Lord dwells in the sanctuary of our church(es) too. In fact, the “Good News” is that the Lord dwells within us as believers. He empowers us.
As the body of Christ, we need one another. Attending church to celebrate and worship makes you and me more whole and healthy. You bring your unique set of eyes, so we see diversity better. You bring your mind so we can better understand and minister to others who have experienced life and injuries like you. You bring your skilled hands so we can provide God’s amazing, healing touch. God made you unique. You are his masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10). You bring what others don’t have.
As an author I bring my words. Time at my desk typing one-dimensional letters on a colorless page means nothing unless those words uplift you and nudge you toward Jesus’ healing love. We are on this journey together. Thank you for spending these few moments with me!
May your day be drenched with JOY,
* From Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings at https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/1022817
** John Goldingay, Psalms for Everyone, Part 2: Psalms 73–150. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014, p. 46.