«My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God
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» (Psalm 84:2, 3, NV).
We were travelling with a group of friends. That afternoon, we had visited a place that had taken our breath away with its grandeur and beauty, and it had reminded us of the caves David had hidden in while fleeing from Saul. We had really enjoyed being in nature and seeing new places, but the sun had set and we were staying at a hostel. Although we were all Adventists, the environment wasn’t very Sabbath-like. The hostel was located on one of the main avenues, filled with people, noise, and water running down the sidewalk because of some heavy rain.
I had gone to bed early and remembered today’s verse because it was my prayer. How I longed to be in a place that was more suitable and conducive to being more attuned to God!
Nevertheless, that night, in that borrowed bed, I felt the peace of God’s presence that we receive when we ask Him for it.
Since I live in a peaceful town, it’s not unusual for me to enjoy some quiet time on Sabbath; it’s actually something that I gladly seek out. But maybe your situation is different. Perhaps you’re surrounded by noise and people who aren’t aware of the blessings that have been promised for this day.
Perhaps it’s quiet, but internally you ‘re going through a time of «noise » because of things that worry you, things that you don’t entirely agree with or that make you doubt.
Perhaps you may not be able to lift up your voice right now, but as the Psalmist says, I hope you can lift up your heart and sing to God.
I ‘ve had to attend church in barns or gyms on many Sabbaths. Although those places didn’t seem to inspire much reverence, they taught me a precious lesson. On the roof trusses, there were always doves, sparrows and baker birds that attended worship with us. Even they enjoyed the presence of the Most High and joined in our singing.
I pray that you long for His courts and His presence as well. God will grant your desires and be with you wherever and however you are.