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The Courts of the Lord

Psalms 84:1-3 How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. 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.

The “courts” in the original language refer to a hedged area separate from the rest of the country. It is privileged space and within it, protection is found.

In the same breath, the Psalmists (it was the sons of Korah who wrote this Psalm) refer to God’s dwelling place (for God) as the “courts” of God (for us). This means that where God’s presence is, we can find the space of intimacy and joy with Him. In that privileged space, we have safety with His hedge placed around us.

To further emphasise their point on protection and safety, the Psalmists employ the analogy of sparrows and swallows, both birds that are small in stature. In other words, if these birds can find the dwelling of safety, then all the more, we as His people should experience the full measure of His protection.

Dear friend, God’s dwelling place is lovely. Where His presence is, you and I will experience joy and peace that comes from our knowing that He is with us and He protects His own. Find yourself in His presence daily!

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