Psa 84:1, (JPS) (84:1) For the Leader; upon the Gittith. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. (84:2) How lovely are Thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!
Psa 84:2 (84:3) My soul yearneth, yea, even pineth for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh sing for joy unto the living God.
Psa 84:3 (84:4) Yea, the sparrow hath found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young; Thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God – .
Psa 84:4 (84:5) Happy are they that dwell in Thy house, they are ever praising Thee. Selah
Psa 84:5 (84:6) Happy is the man whose strength is in Thee; in whose heart are the highways.
Psa 84:6 (84:7) Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; yea, the early rain clotheth it with blessings.
Psa 84:7 (84:8) They go from strength to strength, every one of them appeareth before God in Zion.
Psa 84:8 (84:9) O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah
Psa 84:9 (84:10) Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of Thine anointed.
Psa 84:10 (84:11) For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand; I had rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Psa 84:11 (84:12) For the LORD God is a sun and a shield; the LORD giveth grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Psa 84:12 (84:13) O LORD of hosts, happy is the man that trusteth in Thee.
Not only did I get blessed by reading this psalm this afternoon, but then I read Psalm 86:11 – 13, (NKJV) and I had to write it in my notebook for a chance to read it again. So, here it is:
Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. I will praise You, O Lord, my God, with all my heart, And I will glorify Your name forevermore. For great is Your mercy toward me, And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
Then in Psalm 92: 12 – 15, (NKJV), it says, “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing, To declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock; and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”
Oh, hallelujah! What wonderful words preserved for us over thousands of years.
I read a book by Patricia MacLachlan, which I hope to write about Monday night. This book is entitled, Baby. I’ve read a few more of her titles. What a gift her writing is to me, and I would assume to many others.
I hope you can make it to your place of worship this week. You never know who might need to see your face. Be blessed!