For the director of music. According to gittith. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.
1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
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.
12 Lord Almighty,
blessed is the one who trusts in you.
Hymn: I’d Rather Have Jesus
Dear Heavenly Father,
We come to You this morning with Thanksgiving in our hearts. Like the sparrows that have found their nests, You give us a safe dwelling place. Not just a physical home, Lord, but a spiritual place where our hearts can rest and be at peace. In this imperfect world, You have created a perfect nest for those of us who trust in You. When our hearts are overwhelmed with fear, help us to trust in You and find our rest.
I pray that You will help us keep our eyes focused on You. May each step we take bring us closer to your presence. May we not drift away when our eyes catch sight of something new. Help us stay close to You and trust in Your goodness. You are at the heart of all we do. We would rather have a relationship with You than anything this world can offer us.
In the name of Your precious Son, we pray.