Birds are fascinating creatures. One could argue that they possess more freedom than anything else God has created. A bird is not contained to any one area, he can fly wherever he wishes. Yet, wherever a bird goes he eventually finds a place to settle and nest. The sons of Korah were servants in the house of God and undoubtedly watched birds of all kinds and numbers settle into comfortable nests throughout the temple complex. The Psalmist’s desire to be with God in His house was so strong that he looked upon the birds who built their nests in the temple with a kind of envy and longing (Ps. 84:3). Oh to have a permanent home in the house of the Lord!
How did the psalmist arrive at such a longing?
- He saw beauty in God’s House (Ps. 84:1). The word “amiable” means beautiful, lovely, or beloved. Worship, to the psalmist, was a beautiful and valuable thing.
- He found satisfaction in God’s House (Ps. 84:2). The psalmist longed and yearned for the courts of the Lord. Truly his greatest desire was to be in His presence. Such desire could only be satisfied by the living God.
- He found blessing in God’s House (Ps. 84:4). The word “blessed” indicates completeness. Something is lacking in those who never find themselves with God’s people, in God’s house, worshipping Him.
Birds can teach us a great many things, like the importance of trusting in God and recognizing our value as humans created in God’s image. But perhaps the greatest lesson is one of longing.