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The Sparrow

Old Testament

A Sermon on Psalms 84:3

Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O LORD of hosts,
my King and my God. (ESV)

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What is most supreme in your life? Can you say with the psalmist that communion with God is supreme in the whole of life and existence? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones walks us through three certain things that are absolute essentials if we are to enjoy life like this. First, in reviewing his first two primary considerations, we see that religion is not a matter simply of living, or of doing good, but rather one of knowing God. "The only thing that brings us into the presence of God is the blood of Jesus." Additionally, we learn that it is the truth of Christianity that is most essential, while the effectiveness of such a religion is merely an effect of its foundation of truth. Finally, Dr. Lloyd-Jones bring us to a new consideration, one that declares we ought not only know the truth about God, but that we must realize the truth about ourselves. We need a place of rest. No man has ever become a true Christian without feeling restless and homeless–to enjoy the blessings the psalmist expresses in Psalm 84:3, is to be aware of your helplessness and defenslessness. Have you become concerned about the safety of your soul?

Additional Scripture Translations

Psalms 84:3, New American Standard Bible

3The bird also has found a house,

And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may put her young:

Your altars, Lord of armies,

My King and my God.

Psalms 84:3, King James Version

3Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.