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Summary: The psalmist expresses the comparison of the sparrow to his own desire to dwell close to God

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Introduction: Psalm 84 is one of the most sweet of the Psalms of peace. In verse 3, the Psalmist was Jealous of the Sparrows that were allowed to live there all the time.

I. The Beauty of God’s Dwelling - Vs. 1-2, John 1:14, 1Co 3:16

A. We See A Lovely Place

1. Lovely in its Compassion

2. Lovely in its Conversion

3. Lovely in its Construction

4. Lovely in its Contents

B. We see The Living Presence

1. The Limitless Grace

2. The Living God

C. A Lovesick Pain - Vs. 2

1. A Prevailing longing, "my soul longeth,"

2. A Painful longing, "yea, fainteth;"

3. A Prayerful longing, "my heart crieth out;"

II. The Basics of Devotion- Where are you today? Vs. 3-4

A. The Desire of Attention - vs. 3 – Sparrow

1. A Close Attention - Mt 10:29, Lu 12:6-7

2. A Continual Attention - "where she may lay her young"

B. The Dwelling at the Altar - vs. 4a

1. The Sacrifice

2. The Security, some fly over - some stop and rest!

3. The Supplier

C. The Delight of the Adoration - 4b

1. The Belonging

2. The Basis

3. The Blessing, 1Co 10:31, 1Pe 4:11

Conclusion: Imagine as the Psalmist saw a sparrow fly into a little nest in the corner of the Tabernacle and thought - I wish I lived there! WE DO! We have the Holy Ghost inside of us and can dwell in the Presence of God continually - the OT Psalmist did not experience this.

Disclaimer: A man once told me that if it is true, it is not new. If it is new, it is not true. We all know there is nothing new under the sun. With that said, I glean ideas for my sermons from God’s Word, my own thoughts and work, and many other sources. Any similarity to my sermons and others, where credit is not given, is either coincidental, or an unintentional mistake on my part. As none of us have a corner on the wisdom and teaching of God’s Word, it is my desire that any of my outlines be an encouragement, a help, and hopefully a motivation for others to preach God’s Word clearly. Please feel free to use any portion of my sermons if they can be of help to you and your ministry. I purposely include a skeleton outline, and not my full text, for this purpose. It is all for His Glory.


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