1. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty!
2. My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
3. 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,
O Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
4. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.
Reflection by Darlene Wagner
This Psalm appears to describe the profound experience of entering the temple in Jerusalem. Rather than describing the physical appearance of the temple spaces, the Psalmist emphasizes the worshipper’s inward state of being. Experience of the Divine Presence, whether in the official temple or rustic “holy ground” in the desert (Exodus 3:4-5), will transform the individual’s life. Through the habit of seeking the Divine Presence, one begins to carry the restful, joy-giving Divine within at all times.
The white-cloaked mountains, skies, and plains serve you
As your sanctuary, venerating you through your works!
Let my precarious, fleeting body stand
In worship of your warmth in nature’s vast cathedral!