How fun to be back in the land of the storks! Here on the French/German border I see them daily on my walks and they always take my breath away, soaring above my head or foraging in the fields. There are lots of beliefs and legends surrounding this magnificent bird. In ancient Egypt a stork was used as a hieroglyph for the “Ba”or “soul.” And in Germany storks have long been protected because of the belief that their souls were human!
Today’s verse describes a soul that yearns and even faints for the presence of the Lord. The soul of man is created to have intimate relationship with his Creator. The courts of the Lord are a lovely place (verse 1). Being in His courts for even just one day is better than a thousand days anywhere else! (verse 10) We are told to “dwell” in His house as a sparrow and swallow would nest in her home (verse 3). This is not just a Sunday church experience but a daily closeness with Him. Those that dwell in His house are happy and blessed, praising Him for His goodness (verse 4).
I know I am far from His house or presence when I am dissatisfied and negative. When I am feeling far away from my Creator, there is a lack of joy and praising Him is not a natural impulse. When I have had enough of my own company I feel my soul being drawn again to His wonderful and lovely presence. I yearn for those soft sweet whispers of love and reassurance.
Thank you Lord, that You always welcome me back to Your presence!