Devotion in The House of God

A busy person writes these words. I came to see that my relationship to my Lord Jesus Christ, with the passing years, had eroded away something like a marriage gone humdrum. What did I do when I found a little pocket of spare time, on a Sunday, or a holiday? I couldn’t wait … More

Devotion

In this psalm we have a picture of Heaven and home. Let us see what it has to say to us pilgrims in the world , but heading for home. You no doubt have heard it said, “Home is where the heart is.” The Psalmist longed for God.

The desire of the Psalmist -

  1. Desired to be in God’s presence (v. 1). Not for the Church building but for the Lord.
  2. Desired with his whole person (v. 2). Sought God with whole body, soul and spirit.
  3. Desired with a strong passion (vv. 3,4). True worship involves the pursuit of God.

The declaration of the Psalmist - Those who dwell in the house of the Lord will have:

  1. Strength rendered (v. 5). Spending time with the Lord brings strength to the inner man
  2. Spirit renewed (v. 6,7). With an eager heart, a willing mind, and the Word of God.
  3. Supplication rewarded (v. 8). The closer we get to God the more obvious His answers
  4. Security raised (v. 9). God is our shield. Never again will there be any worries.
  5. Satisfaction realized (v. 11). Grace to travel - help for today and hope for tomorrow.

The decision of the Psalmist -

  1. Choice to go the better way (v. 10). Some are good choices and some are better.
  2. Choice of trusting - not trying (v. 12). Trusting is turning the controls over to Him.

Application

Would you rather spend one day in God’s presence or 1000 days in His absence - Verse 10. I am very thankful that I can experience the Lord’s direction as I meditate on His Word each day.

Psalms 84:1-12 (English Standard Version)

How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh 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. Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion. O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed! 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 dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!

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