Psalm 84

Read: Psalm 84:1 – 2; Hebrews 10:24 – 25; Matthew 18:20; Genesis 49:10

“Thy tabernacles” is the Old Testament equivalent of the church, where we experience fellowship with God and with one another. The normal, spiritually healthy Christian longs to be worshiping God at church in company with other believers, just as he longs for God. The psalmist anticipates the famous words of Augustine: “Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.”

Think About It: Do I long for God? Do I long to be in the company of believers? Do I long to worship God? Do I long for close fellowship with Him?

Prayer: That I might know that what I really long for, above all else, is God.

 

Read: Psalm 84:3; Matthew 10:29 – 31; Luke 12:6 – 7; 1 Timothy 2:5 – 6

The sparrow is the most common bird.  Although they are small, they were sold for food in Bible times, but they were practically worthless- sold two for a penny, five for two pennies. Yet even this most common and worthless of birds found a home in God’s house. There were two altars in the tabernacle; one for incense, the other for sacrifice. The two altars reference the ministry of Christ as mediator and as Redeemer respectively.

Think About It: What do the two altars of the tabernacle tell us about our relationship with God? What does the presence of sparrows in the holy place tell us about our worth in God’s sight? What do I think I’m worth to God?

Prayer: Thank Jesus for His atoning and his intercessory work.

 

Read: Psalm 84:4 – 5; Psalm 26:8; Psalm 91:1; Joshua 22:5

Verses 4 and 5 of Psalm 84 tell us blessed, or happy, or those who dwell in God’s house, whose strength is in God, and in whose heart are the ways of God. The Old Testament priests lived in the vicinity of the tabernacle and later the Temple; the psalmist viewed their lot as a happy one, in that they were always where God manifested Himself to His people. Happy also are those who, whatever happens, find it a means of turning their hearts to God.

Think About It: What is equivalent, for the believer today, of dwelling in God’s house? Do I practice the presence of God? Am I aware of what God is doing from day to day around me, in my life?

Prayer: Whatever happens, Lord, may it turn my heart towards You.

 

Read: Psalm 84:6; Psalm 126:5 – 6; Isaiah 25:8; John 16:2 – 22

According to verse 6 of Psalm 84, those who are happy or blessed make the Valley of Baca into a spring as they pass through. Commentaries have a volume of information and opinion about this valley, some of it conflicting.  Baca is a Hebrew word meaning “weeping.” The actual Valley of Baca was a difficult, dry place on the road to Jerusalem. The psalmist was saying that the blessed or happy person turns even the difficult, dry places, the places of weeping, into a place of refreshment.  He leaves pools of refreshment behind him as he passes on.

Think About It: What is my “Valley of Baca?”  How have I found refreshment in the midst of difficult times?

Prayer: Lord, refresh me in my valleys of weeping.

 

Read: Psalm 84:7 – 8; Joshua 14:6 – 13; Isaiah 40:31;

According to verses 7 and 8 of Psalm 84, those who are blessed or happy in the Lord go from strength to strength and pray to God.  The meaning of going from strength to strength is defined by Caleb, who was as strong at the end of his days as at the beginning.  While others complained about their lot, Caleb boldly said, “Give me this mountain, where the giants are.”

Think About It: How can the enduring strength of Caleb be understood in a spiritual sense?  Am I prepared to finish as well as I have begun?

Prayer: Lord, give me strength to stay the course.

 

Read: Psalm 84:9 – 10; Genesis 4:5 – 7; Psalm 96:8; Psalm 100:4

According to verses 9 and 10 of Psalm 84, those who are blessed or happy in the Lord want God to behold their face, and they value time spent in God’s courts above everything else.  

Think About It:  What did God see when He looked at Cain’s face? What does He see when He looks at my face? What does the psalmist mean by “God’s courts”? What do people do in God’s courts?  How do I feel about time spent in the Lord’s house?

Prayer: That I might delight as the psalmist did in praising God.

 

Read: Psalm 84:11 – 12; Genesis 15:1; John 1:14; Romans 5:2; 2 Corinthians 4:15; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Matthew 7:11

According to verses 11 and 12 of Psalm 84, those who are blessed or happy in the Lord regard God as their sun and their shield. They recognize that God gives grace and glory, and that He will withhold no good thing from them.

Think About It: Look at the references where “grace” and “glory” appear together and reflect on their significance. Do I really believe that God is willing to give me every good thing? Do I ask Him?

Prayer: Lord, may Your grace be obviously at work in me, for Your glory!

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