Psalm 84:12

 

EXPOSITION

Verse 12. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee. Here is the key of the Psalm. The worship is that of faith, and the blessedness is peculiar to believers. No formal worshipper can enter into this secret. A man must know the Lord by the life of real faith, or he can have no true rejoicing in the Lord's worship, his house, his Son, or his ways. Dear reader, how fares it with thy soul?

 

EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS

None.

 

HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS

Verse 12.

  1. The one thing that makes man blessed. Trust in God. Blessed, etc.
    1. For all things;
    2. at all times;
    3. in all circumstances.

  1. The Blessing contained in that one thing. God himself becomes ours;
    1. his mercy for our pardon;
    2. his power for our protection;
    3. his wisdom for our guidance;
    4. his faithfulness for our preservation;
    5. his all sufficiency for our supply.
    6. The certainty of the blessing.
    7. From David's own experience;
    8. from the solemn appeal to God respecting it. O Lord God of hosts, etc. G. R.

Verse 12. The blessedness of the life of faith over that of carnal enjoyment, religious feeling, self confidence, living upon marks and evidences, trusting in man, etc.