1How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, yes, faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
3 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.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
ever singing your praise! Selah
The place I want to stay and live is in the presence of the Lord. I pray that the Lord would protect me and all His children from ever feeling like they have arrived and do not need to fellowship and commune with Him. May we never allow ourselves to yearn or desire anyone or anything more than the Lord in a close, intimate and personal relationship.
We are born with a soul discontent that only Jesus can satisfy. A discontent and lack that can only be filled in the courts of the Lord. Only His love and presence can truly take away our emptiness and hunger and cause us to sing for joy…body, soul, and spirit.
I am reminded of Psalm 81:10 and God’s promise, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” Also, Matthew 5:6, which says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
John Piper teaches that “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” Just meditating on these words will allow us to know that anything less than satisfaction in Jesus would leave us still hungering and thirsting. But God issues an invitation, “O taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man that takes refuge in Him.”