Psalm 84, revisited

Deborah Beach Giordano
© March 19, 2012

I love You, O my God!
My body and soul yearn to be near You
and to rejoice in You always.

I envy the swallow her muddy house
under the eaves of Your temple,
and am jealous
of the sparrow’s thistle-lined nest
in the oak beside Your altar,
for they and their young
can sing praises to You
at all hours of every day.

Those who rely on Your strength
are safe;
they have nothing to fear
as they travel along the pilgrims’ path.
They will find the arid valleys
filled with living water
and will ascend higher and higher,
until they see You, face to face.

God of us all, hear my prayer.
Keep us secure,
and watch carefully over
Your anointed one.

A single day in Your presence
is better than ten thousand anywhere else,
and I’d rather sit in the rain
outside Your back door
than recline on soft cushions
in the mansions of the wicked.

You are both sunlight and shade;
You bring joy and peace;
only good will come
to those who follow Your way.
O Lord of all Heaven,
happy are they
who put their trust in you!

About inklingscommunity

I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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