Do you really want to be a swallow?

Psalm 84 A Bird’s Eye View

God created the birds to fly above the earth and across the expanse of the sky.  The timid swallow feeds upon the wing across the expanse of the sky to catch insects.  It prefers the habitats of men, where insects are plentiful, and often chooses the most extraordinary places for its nests.  The psalmist reflects that in the Temple, this wee bird found a protected refuge high above in the sheltered eaves, where it had the privilege of a ‘bird’s eye view.’  He can see the comings and goings and hear the words spoken at the altar and the songs of the choirs as they echo across the courtyard.  What a view!  It must be marvelous, notes the psalmist!  While the priest has the “dog’s eye view” or ground-level view, the swallow has it all!  For a moment, he wonders what it would be like to reside as the swallow in the courts of the Lord’s Temple.

We do not have to settle for the bird’s eye view; we can enter the very presence of God because of the sacrifice of Christ.  He tore the veil asunder top to bottom opening.  Indeed “we can now without hesitation-walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” because Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God.”[Heb 10:19 [MSG] He tore the “curtain” into God’s presence by his sacrificed body so now we can say: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” [Eph 1:3] We can walk right into the very presence of God. 

Still think you want to be a swallow?

Coordinator of the Heartprints Blog Page: Gaye-Ellen Austin or SonShine has a passion to train people to be successful Bible students, following the words of Paul to his protégé Timothy: “ entrust to faithful people who will be competent to teach others as well.” (2 Tim 2:2). She taught 15 years in public schools and 12 years in a Christian school where she was coordinator of the NILD program for learning disabled students. She has taught Precept upon Precept classes and was a discussion group leader for 10+ yrs. in BSF in Daytona Beach. Fl. and Atlanta, GA. Also, Gaye-Ellen is the writer for the https://www.facebook.com/bible.org/ She also has her own personal blog page: https://sonshinesjournal.com/ David is a full time director for Bible.org as well as his secular job. He and Gaye-Ellen along with their son, Dr. Mark Austin, daughter-in-law, Dr. Blanca Austin and granddaughter Christina (https://christinaaustinlopez.com.) live in the Dallas area. Gaye-Ellen's goal is to present Christ and live Christ glorifying God. One of her favorite verses about the role as parents, teachers, and adults for the next generation comes from Psalm 78:4, "but tell to the generation to come the praises of the Lord."

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