Tuesday, November 2, 2010

In God's Courtyard - November 2, 2010

Psalm 84 (New International Version © 2010)
1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
LORD Almighty!
2 My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.
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.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you.

5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baka,
they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength,
till each appears before God in Zion.

8 Hear my prayer, LORD God Almighty;
listen to me, God of Jacob.
9 Look on our shield, O God;
look with favor on your anointed one.

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.
11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.

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

There is a longing in the heart for every believer. If you are a Christian, you long for the day you will be with Jesus in the courtyard, the dwelling place of God. This is a psalm written by a Levitical priest who spoke about his delight serving in the temple of God. It was his prayer to God of thanksgiving and devotion. He so cherished being in God's presence that he compared one day with Him better than a thousand days being somewhere else.

We too need these verses to be our prayer, We need to have a longing as intense as that of this priest. If we expose our hearts to cherishing the presence of God such as this, we will be much more devoted to serving Him and being the servants of Jesus Christ. We too need to see this as a description of being truly blessed in our lives. As the verse says in another translation: "My whole being cries out for the living God."

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