There is a city ordinance in San Juan Capistrano, California, that prohibits knocking down a swallow’s nest! Their bird droppings may be annoying, but they are protected. The return of the swallows in March is celebrated every year with a parade and their likeness is sold in the town’s souvenir shop. These swallows build their mud nests clinging to the ruins of the Great Stone Church of the Mission. The arches of the vaulted ruins are bare and exposed, making it the perfect place for their nests.
Our verse for today speaks of another perfect place for a nest. The swallow builds her nest near God’s altar. When one thinks of a nest, there is the thought of comfort, care and protection. A nest represents home and hearth. The altar of God represents His presence. It is a place of adoration and worship. The psalmist cannot even mention the word “altar” without praising His name! The context of this verse goes on to say that there is happiness when dwelling in His presence.
A nest may be built of all sorts of bits and pieces. It could include mud, feathers, twigs and leaves. But the most important factor is its proximity to God’s altar. My nest could be feathered well with all kinds of creature comforts, but does it include God’s presence? Dwelling in His presence means there is happiness and praise for Him (verse 4).
I want my nest to be His dwelling place. Lord, may my home be marked by happiness, satisfaction and praise to You!
Look familiar? This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule.