As silly as it sounds, it has never occurred to me before to consider Psalm 84 from ‘outside’. I’ll quote Psalm in full at the end – but key phrases are things like
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord, and
Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.,
Hear my prayer, O Lord God Almighty; listen to me, O God of Jacob.
I’ve always understood this psalm to be an explosion of praise – Sort of
blessed are we who dwell in your house. But actually there’s a kind of sense of deep longing –
blessed are those who dwell in your house, and if I could only be there too. Perhaps it’s just where I’m at right now, feeling a very long way away from the courts of God…
Anyway, here’s the Psalm, from the NIV – make up your own mind!
1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
O 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,
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a place near your altar,
O 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,
who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
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, O Lord God Almighty;
listen to me, O God of Jacob.
9 Look upon 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 O Lord Almighty,
blessed is the man who trusts in you.