Online Adult Sunday School; Lenten Series; Kerygma,Sowing Tears, Reaping Joy, Brahams’ Requiem, Chapter 4

This is the best known part of Brahams’ Requiem. 
 
Listen to Movement 4 of Brahms’ Requiem at
Read Psalm 84
 

“How lovely is your dwelling place,
    O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, indeed it faints
    for the courts of the Lord;
my soul and my body sing for joy
    to the living God.

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.
Happy are those who live in your house,
    ever singing your praise.”
The psalmist describes a pilgrimage to the temple in ancient Jerusalem, through a dry rocky valley (the name suggests weeping) but where God provides springs and pools. While God is the Lord of Armies (tsaba or Sabaoth in Hebrew, often translated “hosts”) whose angels inspire fear and terror when people see them, God is also the protector of baby sparrows.
10 For a day in your courts is better
    than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
    than live in the tents of wickedness.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
    he bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does the Lord withhold
    from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
    happy is everyone who trusts in you.”
Think of your pilgrimage toward the presence of God, the valleys and vulnerabilities. the prayer, service and doing what is right. Do you have examples to share with others?