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FRAMEWORKS: Psa 84: The Wonder of the Lord's Presence


For the director of music. According to gittith. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.


[Preliminary Comments: This psalm is really all about the wonder of the access we have to the Lord in His dwelling place [v.1] and the psalmist longs to be there [v.2], a place of utmost security and intimacy where even the sparrow feels safe [v.3]. It's a wonderful privilege just to be able to be there [v.4]. Those who hunger after God and search for Him, who will pilgrimage just to be near Him, find strength in the journey [v.5]. In their journey to encounter Him they may experience a place of tears (Baka) but yet find refreshment [v.6] and thus be gradually strengthened [v.7]. With this in mind, the psalmist [their king] calls to the Lord to bless him [v.8,9] because he has learned that His presence is more wonderful than anything else [v.10] for the Lord blesses all who come to Him [v.11] and trust Him [v.12]. Yes, all about the wonder of the Lord's presence.]



PART 1: v.1-4 The Wonder of the Presence of the Lord


v.1 The psalmist exults in the Temple


v.1  How lovely is your dwelling-place,
     Lord Almighty!

v.2 He longs to know and experience the Lord there


v.2  My soul yearns, even faints,
     for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out
     for the living God.

v.3 Even a little bird has found its home in the innermost part of the temple


v.3  Even the sparrow has found a home,
     and the swallow a nest for herself,
     where she may have her young 
a place near your altar,
     Lord Almighty, my King and my God.

v.4 What a privilege to be able to praise God in His temple


v.4  Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
     they are ever praising you.


PART 2: v.5-7: The Journey (Pilgrimage) to see His face


v.5 Those who trust and search for Him will be strengthened


v.5  Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
     whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.

v.6 The journey to the temple takes one through the place of weeping, then refreshing


v.6  As they pass through the Valley of Baka,
     they make it a place of springs;
     the autumn rains also cover it with pools.

v.7 The journey brings strength (in anticipation) until they get to God


v.7  They go from strength to strength,
     till each appears before God in Zion.



PART 3: v.8-12: Prayer for Blessing


v.8 A plea for the Lord to hear


v.8  Hear my prayer, Lord God Almighty;
     listen to me, God of Jacob.

v.9 Observe the king, our protector, your anointed one


v.9  Look on our shield, O God;
     look with favour on your anointed one.


v.10 Being close to your presence is more wonderful than anything else


v.10  Better is one day in your courts
     than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
     than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

v.11 For the righteous He is both light and protection


v.11  For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
     the Lord bestows favour and honour;
no good thing does he withhold
     from those whose way of life is blameless.


v.12 The Almighty One blesses all who trust in Him


v.12  Lord Almighty,
     blessed is the one who trusts in you.



[Additional Comments: Parts 1 & 3 are about the wonder of the Lord's presence and part 2 is about the journey we sometimes have to make to find Him. Much fuel for meditation.]



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