Psalm 84: a poetic account of the experience of a pilgrim approaching the temple in Jerusalem for a religious festival. The psalmist expresses his affection to the ordinances of God and his desire towards the God of the ordinances. The psalm reminds us that genuine worship springs forth from our simple delight and service. The temple was God’s dwelling place, the place where people could make their closest approach to God’s presence. Stepping stones in God’s strength in His house for His people with His purpose. In all our addresses to God, we must desire that he would look on Christ, his Anointed One, and accept us for his sake. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. So true! Just saying!
Psalm 84:1-12 NIV
(For the director of music. According to gittith. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.)
How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord, my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 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. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. Hear my prayer, Lord God Almighty; listen to me, God of Jacob. Look on our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one. 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. 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. Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.