Psalm 104:17 (ESV)

17 In them the birds build their nests; the stork has her home in the fir trees.

Birds easily find a good nesting place in these huge and tall cedar trees. This is also true for the storks in the fir trees. “'The identification of the Hebrew berosh [ESV: fir trees] is far from certain, and many different suggestions about the identity of the evergreens and conifers mentioned in the Bible have been made by botanists and commentators.”1 It is most likely that this refers to the Aleppo pine tree, especially as this tree was also found, in that time, in the vicinity of cedars in Lebanon. This stately pine had wide stretching branches near the top where the stork could easily find a place to build a nest.

The name of the stork, chasida, is related to the Hebrew word chesed, which indicates goodness, and carefulness. This also characterizes the stork, which is extremely careful and protective of its young.

This is how the Lord has taken care that there are trees where birds such as the stork can have a safe breeding place, where they can raise their young without danger.