Pastor Julio Herrera.
Before the death of the Lord Jesus Christ, He said to His disciples to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit. The coming of the Holy Spirit meant a change of dimension for God’s people. When the Spirit of the Lord comes upon us, He enables us to do many things, i.e. to do miracles according to His will. Isaiah 32:15-16 says: Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is counted as a forest.  Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. The Holy Spirit helps us to produce His fruit, therefore, we need the baptism of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Without the baptism of the Holy Spirit, there is no fruit and there is no Rapture.
One of the facets of the fruit of the Holy Spirit is meekness. The Bible talks about seven men who were peaceful or mild-mannered. This characteristic becomes evident when people serve the Lord; one example of this is Moses, who was meek and a faithful servant in the house of God. David was another man who wrote many psalms for the Lord, he was a meek and humble servant of the Lord. Now let’s see what David wrote about the places of rest for God’s people.
Places of rest of the psalmist:
Psalms 55:1-2, 6 (NKJV) Give ear to my prayer, O God, and do not hide Yourself from my supplication.  Attend to me, and hear me; I am restless in my complaint, and moan noisily.  So I said, Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.
It necessary to have the wings of the dove to be at rest, and this rest is based in the power of the Holy Spirit, i.e. in His presence. The Spirit of the Lord is guiding His people, He is searching for places of rest for the Lord’s sheep.
Psalms 22:9 (NIV) Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
This was the first place of rest of the psalmist, that is, his mother’s breast. These breasts represent the word of God, the voice of the five ministries that are nourishing the believer.
Psalms 23:2 (NKJV) He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
David found that green pastures represent a place of rest; I can affirm that this retreat is a place to be at rest. This meeting brings us peace to our hearts through the word of God, and the Holy Spirit is comforting us in every situation.
Psalms 23:6 (NKJV) Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell (rest) in the house of the Lord forever.
The Lord’s house is our destination, and His house is a place of everlasting repose. This is a repose that we are about to achieve because our Lord Jesus Christ will soon come back for His children.
Psalms 25:13 (NKJV) He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and his descendants shall inherit the earth.
This verse is related to those who fear the Lord, and this prosperity means that your soul shall prosper first and then you will be blessed in all things. The word prosperity also means fertility, i.e. when God prospers your soul, you become as fertile land.
Psalms 27:4 (NKJV) One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell (repose) in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.
Many Christians cannot behold the beauty of the Lord or inquire in His temple because they have no repose in His house, they don’t persevere. But to those who love the temple of the Lord, He will reveal Himself to them.
Psalms 37:3 (NKJV) Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
When you trust in the Lord, you will dwell in the land He has given to you. He has prepared a place for you; therefore if He called you He will also uphold you.
Psalms 61:2 (NKJV) From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Our repose is found in the Rock that is Christ, our whole provision comes from the Lord. He is the One who takes you out of the pit of despair, stress, anguish, etc.
Psalms 62:1 Truly my soul silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation.
When you are able to recognize who saved you, then you will know your repose is the Lord. Remember that you were saved by the blood of the Lamb, and there is no other through whom you can be delivered from death.
Psalms 91:1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
The man who finds the shadow of the Almighty also finds repose in His coverage, knowing that He abides by his side; this shadow protects you from all kind of evil.
Psalms 110:1 The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit (repose) at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”
The sheep of the Lord are at His right hand, and there they find rest. The Bible says: At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalms 84:1-3 / 5-6 How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts!  My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.  Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young – Near Your altars, O Lord of hosts, My King and my God.  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 it with pools.
The book of Isaiah, relates the thoughts with the ways when the Lord says: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways…” (Isaiah 55:8). The Way to know the ways of life is Jesus Christ, and the One who will reveal the thoughts of God is the Spirit of God.
Now I want you to focus your attention in verse 3 of Psalms 84; it says that our place of rest is near the altars of the Lord. And this last place of rest mentioned by David, is the place of repose for worshipers. In the Old Testament, the Father sought many people, among them were servants, prophets, and people who feared Him; but in the New Testament the Father is looking for worshipers.
Sparrow: (Home) Comes from a word that means return. This verb is related with humility because you need a humble heart to return to the house of the Father, for example, the case of the prodigal son.
Swallow: (Nest) the root of this word is Jubilee and repose is closely related with Jubilee. This year the Lord wants to give you freedom in your finances; He is proclaiming a year of freedom and restitution, a time or restoration.
Psalmist: (Dove – Altars) The word dove comes from the same root Yayin, this is the apostolic wine that comes from the Lord.
In order to understand this topic, I believe that we must consider some things about the altars:
- Altars with name.
- Materials to build the altars.
- Altars of worship.
- The builders of altars.
- Altars built with gratitude.
- Habilitation of altars.
Words that mean altar
The first word that means altar is ariel; H741 and H739; means altar of the temple. altar. The root of this word means God’s lion, heroic. Therefore when we come to the altar of God, our courage is activated and we receive authority from above.
The Lions of the Lord
- Genesis 49:9 – Judah.
- Deuteronomy 33:20 – Gad.
- Deuteronomy 33:22 – Dan.
- Judges 1:12 – Othniel.
- II Samuel 1:23 – Saul.
- II Samuel 1:23 – Jonathan.
- Revelation 5:5 – Jesus Christ.