Psalms 84

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1 How 1lovely is your 2dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!
2 My soul 3longs, yes, 4faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to 5the living God.
3 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, 6my King and my God.
4 7Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever 8singing your praise! Selah
5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, 9in whose heart are the highways to Zion.[a]
6 As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; 10the early rain also covers it with 11pools.
7 They go 12from strength to strength; each one 13appears before God in Zion.
8 O 14LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
9 15Behold our 16shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed!
10 For a day 17in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be 18a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the LORD God is 19a sun and 20shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. 21No good thing does he withhold from those who 22walk uprightly.
12 O LORD of hosts, 23blessed is the one who trusts in you!

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Psalms 84 Commentary

Chapter 84

The psalmist expresses his affection to the ordinances of God. (1-7) His desire towards the God of the ordinances. (8-12)

Verses 1-7 The ordinances of God are the believer's solace in this evil world; in them he enjoys the presence of the living God: this causes him to regret his absence from them. They are to his soul as the nest to the bird. Yet they are only an earnest of the happiness of heaven; but how can men desire to enter that holy habitation, who complain of Divine ordinances as wearisome? Those are truly happy, who go forth, and go on in the exercise of religion, in the strength of the grace of Jesus Christ, from whom all our sufficiency is. The pilgrims to the heavenly city may have to pass through many a valley of weeping, and many a thirsty desert; but wells of salvation shall be opened for them, and consolations sent for their support. Those that press forward in their Christian course, shall find God add grace to their graces. And those who grow in grace, shall be perfect in glory.

Verses 8-12 In all our addresses to God, we must desire that he would look on Christ, his Anointed One, and accept us for his sake: we must look to Him with faith, and then God will with favour look upon the face of the Anointed: we, without him, dare not show our faces. The psalmist pleads love to God's ordinances. Let us account one day in God's courts better than a thousand spent elsewhere; and deem the meanest place in his service preferable to the highest earthly preferment. We are here in darkness, but if God be our God, he will be to us a Sun, to enlighten and enliven us, to guide and direct us. We are here in danger, but he will be to us a Shield, to secure us from the fiery darts that fly thick about us. Through he has not promised to give riches and dignities, he has promised to give grace and glory to all that seek them in his appointed way. And what is grace, but heaven begun below, in the knowledge, love, and service of God? What is glory, but the completion of this happiness, in being made like to him, and in fully enjoying him for ever? Let it be our care to walk uprightly, and then let us trust God to give us every thing that is good for us. If we cannot go to the house of the Lord, we may go by faith to the Lord of the house; in him we shall be happy, and may be easy. That man is really happy, whatever his outward circumstances may be, who trusts in the Lord of hosts, the God of Jacob.

Cross References 23

  • 1. [Psalms 27:4]
  • 2. Psalms 43:3; Psalms 132:5
  • 3. [Psalms 42:1, 2; Psalms 63:1]
  • 4. [Psalms 73:26; Psalms 119:81; Psalms 143:6; Job 19:27]
  • 5. See Psalms 42:2
  • 6. Psalms 5:2
  • 7. See Psalms 65:4
  • 8. Psalms 42:5, 11; Psalms 43:5
  • 9. [Psalms 122:1]
  • 10. Joel 2:23
  • 11. Ezekiel 34:26
  • 12. Proverbs 4:18; Isaiah 40:31; [John 1:16; 2 Corinthians 3:18]
  • 13. See Psalms 42:2
  • 14. See Psalms 59:5
  • 15. Psalms 80:14
  • 16. See Psalms 3:3
  • 17. ver. 2
  • 18. 1 Chronicles 26:19
  • 19. Isaiah 60:19, 20; See Psalms 27:1; Malachi 4:2; Revelation 21:23
  • 20. [See ver. 9 above]
  • 21. Psalms 85:12; [Psalms 34:9, 10; Matthew 6:33; Matthew 7:11]
  • 22. Psalms 15:2; Proverbs 2:7
  • 23. See Psalms 2:12

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