The Sparrow Hath found her Nest

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Revival Pulpit.A Revival Power Paper of Paul B Thomas

Remember the fire must be burning on the altar and it must never go out.“My fire shall not go out” (Lev 6:12,13).


How lovely is your tabernacle o Lord of hosts My soul longs even faints for the courts of the lord, My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God even the sparrow hath found a home and the swallow a nest for herself where she may lay her young eve your altars O Lord of Hosts. My king and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house they will still be praising thee. Blessed is the man whose strength is in you. Whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the valley of Baca they make it a spring the rain also covers the pools. They go from strength to strength each one of them appears before God in Zion (Psalm 84).

How “amiable”

How “Adorable” is your tabernacle cried the king. Even kings adore the majesty and glory of God. It takes a king to worship he who is the king of all kings! David as the king, looks on the tabernacle of God and declares his passion for it, how adorable it is. A mother will say of a child “she’s adorable,” actually the word means  to “dress or make beautiful.” another meaning signifies, one to whom praise is due. Here David iThe mother is in this case verbally addressing and dressing her with words such as you’re beautiful, you’re wonderful, you’re my princess. That is what we do with Jesus when we “adore” him, we thus “describe” him and “ascribe” to him the titles he is worthy of, such  “wonderful counsellor, the mighty God, the prince of peace” (Isaiah 9:6). We adoring him, dressing him and addressing him. The greater the revelation the more significant and profound the adoration, indeed we can only go as high in our adoration as we go deep in our revelation of him.

Giving him praise is not a matter of volume and intensity as many would have us believe with loud music shouts of hallelujah. Let somebody praise the lord, shout louder, come on Saints. Forced praise is not true worship. True worship comes out of the revelation of him. David had an understanding of God and it was his revelation of God that gave him his adoration for his temple.

We struggle today, the struggle is not for folks to come to church, the low numbers in our church is not the problem, the problem is folks don’t “adore” the saviour. Folks who love the saviour adore the church. They adore the ritual of the religion, they adore the practice of the ritual. David went further. First his statement was about the tabernacle then he qualifies his love for it by declaring the motive or driving force behind his love, as being his love for God.  “My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”

Secondly, Paul uses the word “adorn” in paying respect to scriptures. He states in his letter to Titus that servants should be “subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith so that they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect ” (Titus 2:9-10, NASB).

To adorn ourselves is to make ourselves a good example of being a believer. Doctrine effects our character and molds it. Paul states that Likewise urge the young men to be “sensible; in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach” Many a preacher could improve his influence by studying doctrine. How we address others is determined by how we dress ourselves let me explain.

To “adorn” as in adorning the doctrine of God. The second way we adorn God is by adorning  his doctrine. His doctrine dresses him up, clothes him, puts flesh and blood on him, makes him look like a man. Doctrine reveals and reveals him.

Sound doctrine will always make God explainable and explorable, knowable and adorable. Woman can worship God without understanding his nature and person, doctrine adorns God

When man  explores doctrine he dresses himself up no wonder Paul said put on the new man. The man that loves doctrine loves himself and loves the God that loves him. Doctrine enables a man to take care of himself to get dressed in the morning. You want to look Good then love doctrine, you want to look smart then adorn doctrine. Doctrine makes a smart man and a man smart that why we are supposed to look in the mirror each morning. Look in the mirror until you see Jesus in you. Behold him until you see more of him you than the old you you.

“My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” My flesh cried out for God, all creation awaits the manifestation of the sons of God all creation awaits this change, where we are changed from one glory to another one level to another.Earthly glory is nothing in comparison to heavenly glory. Us becoming like him gives God glory.

God dresses us up like a father dresses up a son. That’s the glory of the Father. When we put on his clothes. We look like him. That gives him pleasure.

We ascribe “glory” to God, when we describe the Lord. If we describe his attributes we “ascribe” greatness and honour and majesty. Glory is not a physical feeling but a description and attribution of everything that God is as seen in the man Jesus. When we ascribe greatness to the Lord our God we describe him as one who is alpha and omega, beginning and the end, Our Lord and Our God

Now that’s when we give him glory and all of it.  I don’t just want to give him glory and some of it. I just don’t want to call him Lord and not God, I don’t just want to call him master and not creator I want to give him all the glory. Don’t you!

My last word is found is “kosmos” and means, “an harmonious arrangement and masterful order.” There is an order to worship Just as there is an order to the kosmos. Worship exalts Jesus as God. A guy said to me yesterday the bible does not say “Jesus is God.” Of course it does! Read Isaiah and tell me if God did not say that he the Lord is God. Worship starts with this psalm. The Lord is my strength and my song he has become my salvation the voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous..Great is the are my god and I will praise you, You are my God and I will exalt you (Psalm 118:14,15,27,28)

Now let’s get this right. Order begins with my praise. In fact this psalm is a praising psalm “How amiable” there’s no praise like the praise of God’s people. Nobody can sign like her, shout like her, worship like her. O what order, God first, us last and others in between!

The Sparrow has found a nest

The House where the sparrow has found its nest. David began to declare how the Sparrow a bird had found its nest yet he as a king living in a palace had yet to find his. He was at war. The sparrow was at home. The sparrow had found a home and he was far from his. A king has a place, the sparrow a home.

A few years ago i used to take my friends children to school, As I was waiting for the school to open, sitting in the van, I was fascinated by the sparrows who spend much of their morning time clinging to the outside wall of the church opposite the school, happily pecking at the stone wall seeking for essential grit and minerals to sustain them. Then they would flutter back to the church guttering singing and chirping. and somehow finding their nest and home there. Sparrows feeding on the walls of the tabernacle, having a home at the church! I never did see a miserable bird among them.

Human beings need the place called the tabernacle too. O sure I know you have a place called home that’s for your family, but the tabernacle that’s amiable is for God’s family, where together the family get around the table. we should be the happiest people there is around the lords table. If a sparrow can be at home in the church walls so can I. If a sparrow can find nutrition in the Lords house so can I.

How “amiable” yes it’s an “amiable” place. Gracious or friendly, suitable for all now in your house it’s suitable for all. Sure you welcome everybody but it’s not a home for everybody it’s a home for you. But the tabernacle is a home for everybody.

In your home you put up with your husband but in the tabernacle we have husbands you would not put up with. That’s why it’s called God’s house not your house. See at your house you wouldn’t have this man there or that man there but at God’s house the man who is there may not be your man but he is everyman’s God.

God’s house is a house where he chooses to put his name. See when I come to your home. I see a sign saying Thomas or Griffiths or Jones but in this house I see only one name, that tells me That this is my home. I may be a stranger to your house but to this house, I belong. Because I’m in this family.

People say brother Paul “we are the church!” Of course. I have church wherever I am but I have it best when I’m with God’s people! Folks say “brother Paul we are the church we can meet in our homes,” sure thank you for the invite. But friend, don’t forget your home is not God’s house. You didn’t take out a mortgage and work everyday to pay off the “church” you work every day to pay off your home. So don’t tell me you can meet at home for church unless you wanted it to be the Lord’s house and me come there and preach Jesus.

Only the tabernacle of the Lord can be called amiable. The tabernacle of Old was set among the residents or tribes who pitched their tents around the tabernacle.

Day and night they would smell the aroma of the lamb as it was always burned on the altar figurative of Christ the lamb that was slain for us. If the camps of the tribes of Israel surrounded the tent in the wilderness then how much more should our homes be where the ark of God’s presence is in fact his presence is our home. God’s tabernacle is his dwelling place. Sure he lives in you and I but we need a physical place too just like the sparrow. Just as the sparrow can fly in the heavenlies it also needs that nest where it can find its altar.

The sparrow has found its nest!

The sparrow hath found a house and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young even thine altars O Lord (v84).

Even thine altars

Every man needs an altar.

Originally a single stone upon which blood was offered by the worshipper to deity the introduction of fire to consume the sacrifice came later on. In the case of Saul in 1 Sam 14:33 and 6:14.

In the tabernacle there were two altars The brazen altar called the altar of burnt offering. Consisting of a hollow chest of acacia wood “shittim” wood (RV) From the four corners sprang four horns half way up the side there projected a grating ledge from which depended a grating or metal net of bronze sufficiently wide to upon which was sacrificed the sacrificial animal. So here we have an altar of Judgement

The other altar is the altar of incense square with projecting horns like the rest of the furniture it was made of Acacia wood overlaid with Gold with the usual provision of rings and staves for transport. Incense of sweet spices is to be offered upon it morning and evening (30:7). Here we have an altar of incense.

Both are figurative of Christ who was made our sacrifice and judgement and Christ whose name is as incense poured forth morning and evening. Christ deity in humanity, Deity in a body Justas these emblems are wood covered over with God or brass. Signifying his dual nature  and also signifying the fact that judgement would come upon the flesh (humanity) deity would become our sacrifice

The psalmist therefore states this, the sparrow hath found a house and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young even thine altars O Lord (v84).

The altar is a place where the attributes of deity and humanity are seen in the Christ, The altar is a place where we in prayer as incense discover the truth of the one God both in his sacrifice at the brazen altar and in his glory at the altar of incense. The altar is the place of Glory, the word Glory comes from “Doxa” meaning weight. Or revelation. It’s here at the altar all the attributes that make God God are discovered. And it is in Jesus that we see god in all his attributes.

Now that’s where the sparrow raises her young at this altar. A generation that sees and understands both the humanity and deity of Jesus yet sees the glory of the Lord, A generation that sees the glory of the Lord is a generation that understands the deity and humanity of  Jesus,  A generation of Glory gazers, a generation that worships at this altar, seeing the Lord in all his glory.

No matter what popular opinion is today that so easily discredits the church and it’s need. God’s word tells us that even the sparrow has found her nest and the swallow a nest for herself where she may lay her young   and for specific reasons too. We all need an altar! We all need a place where we can focus on God and not home a set place and a place set apart. We need a congregation of sparrows who are seeking for the same thing and our homes are not always convenient place to do this but the house of God is always a convenient place

They will still be praising thee

The answer to kids leaving the church is here at the altar, those who know him as he is will still be praising thee. Too many kinds have their sports-field as their altar on a Sunday, their football, their entertainment as their altar. Whatever Baal you worship Baal you become.

Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee (v5)

What does this mean? It means this man the man the sons and daughters of this man, sons and daughters are the men who gaze on this altar. Their strength is not a human confidence, a confidence in the flesh a confidence in their self but a confidence that is in God. That’s where confidence begins. Divine confidence in divinity .In the fact that God is who he is. The knowledge of God preserves a man’s soul the knowledge of God keeps a man’s mind, the knowledge of God provides divine endurance.  Those who know his dual nature they are still praising thee

I know men who have it all because they lost their faith in the church and in religion but the real reason is this they never knew him. For until one known Jesus as God he really does not know God at all.

Who passing through the valley of baca

Bitterness, and weeping. Yes men who know their God pass through baca, others quit and turn back and become as a pillar of salt. But those who know their God make the bitter waters sweet, like the prophet they place the cross into its bitterness and carry the weight. And in so doing turn a  rut into a revival time turn a disappointment into a destination turn a mistake into a miracle. Each trial enlarges them each adversity makes them stronger. they yes they o for strength to strength ye every one of them in Zion appeareth before God (v7).

For a day in your courts is better than a thousand I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord than dwell in the tents of wickedness (Psalm 84:1-7. 10).

A doorkeeper

For a day in your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, that dwell in the tents of wickedness (v10)

A day in thy courts. A day in the tabernacle observing the Lord as seen in the tabernacle furniture is better than a lifetime talking idle things among the heathen.

Notice the difference to the tents of the wicked tents being temporal and transient as compared to the house of the Lord being fixed and permanent. The church dwells at the tabernacle the wicked live in a tent. A tent is portable, it has no glory, or security. It can be unpegged and moved and will be. Their houses are but temporal. Our house earthly and spiritual is permanent.

Notice too, the term “doorkeeper,” it means “to sit at the threshold.” There’s are those here today who are sitting at the “threshold of a move of God,” where no good thing is he withholding. A no holding back kind of revival,  He is a sun and shield that dual nature again he will give grace and glory that’s part of his duality too.

No good thing is withheld from this man.

The Lord God is a sun and shield (Psalm 84:11)

No good thing will he without from them that walk uprightly the lord will give grace and glory, O Lord of Hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee (v12).

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