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. Psalm 84:1-3.
The desire to belong and be loved is our deepest need! The first place we find this is in our home, with our parents. When God calls our parents home, how can we go home. What a blessing to have parents who taught me the joy of worshiping with others in the Presence of God.
I learned a song as a child, I still sing: Jesus Loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong. They are weak, but He is strong. No matter how many years are added to my ninety, I will always belong to our Lord. When drab-appearing sparrows congregate around the bird feeder, I welcome them.
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7.
Another hymn, finds its way, to my heart, Lead me gently home, Father lead me gently home. God the Father began my journey by giving me a Dad who taught me to sing praise through life with joy! He taught me to love God and live joyously. Yes, Jesus loves me, and He loves you!
Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah Blessed are those whose strength is in You, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. Psalm 84:4-5.