A Psalm for Sunday

The strains of Psalm 84 are playing in my memory s I prepare for church this morning. Years ago someone set the first three verses to music and I sang “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place” in my Senior Recital. So I’m going to leave the music off a while longer and listen to the voices in my head sing that sacred classic for solo voice and piano. I’ll smile a little when I enjoy full choir and orchestra at church later, knowing I started the day with a “really old tune”.

Actually, no.

I started the day with thoughts of my Savior. And that’s how it should be with someone you love. Here’s the psalm:


Psalm 84

For the choir director; on the Gittith. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

How lovely are Your dwelling places,
O Lord of hosts!
[2] My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord;
My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
[3] The bird also has found a house,
And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young,
Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts,
My King and my God.
[4] How blessed are those who dwell in Your house!
They are ever praising You.


[5] How blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
In whose heart are the highways to Zion!
[6] Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring;
The early rain also covers it with blessings.
[7] They go from strength to strength,
Every one of them appears before God in Zion.

[8] O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
Give ear, O God of Jacob!


[9] Behold our shield, O God,
And look upon the face of Your anointed.
[10] For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.
I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
[11] For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
[12] O Lord of hosts,
How blessed is the man who trusts in You!


Don’t you just love that last line? “How blessed –how happy– is the man who trusts in You!”
That’s the truth!

Did you notice that verses 1 – 4 are about the house of worship
verses 5 – 7 are about the people of worship
8 – 11 talk about God and
12 is the conclusion of the matter?
A well-crafted lyric!

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