Monday, February 22, 2010

My dwelling place

ow lovely are Your dwelling places, O LORD of hosts!

My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD;
My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.

The bird also 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.

How blessed are those who dwell in Your house!
They are ever praising You. Selah.

How blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
In whose heart are the highways to Zion!
Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring;
The early rain also covers it with blessings.

They go from strength to strength,
Every one of them appears before God in Zion.

O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah.

Behold our shield, O God,
And look upon the face of Your anointed.
For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.
I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
The LORD gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.

O LORD of hosts,
How blessed is the man who trusts in You!
Psalm 84

I was so encouraged to read Ps. 84 this morning in my quiet time. Oh how easily my heart is distracted and how readily I seek refuge in places other than the Lord.

This is me right now:
  • tired
  • way, way too prone to "overthinking" things
  • very quick to take on "yokes" and burdens that I was never intended to carry

As a mother, I love the image of a swallow finding a safe home for her brood. My strength, my security must come from my relationship with the Lord.

He is my safe haven, my resource to go "from strength to strength."

Thank You, Lord!


  1. I love it!! Amen, amen, amen~~


  2. Once again a beautiful post Susan! How lovely those pictures are!! I love that Psalm too...we were just reading it together the other day. Thanks for the visual...isn't God's Word wonderful??

    Have a lovely evening!


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