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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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One can hardly read Psalm 84 without recalling musical renditions of this Psalm, “How lovely is thy dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!” 

            The choirs organized by David, the musician, found great delight in living in the extended courts of God’s sanctuary. This Psalm is called “a Psalm of the sons of Korah.  How wonderful that the family of the great rebel, Korah, did not follow in his footsteps!  On the contrary, they loved their service in God’s Temple.  They thought of the “sanctuary-temple” as God’s dwelling, and they longed to “behold His face.”   Solomon marveled, “But will God indeed dwell on the earth?   Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less can this Temple which I have built!” 1 Kings 8:27.

            Though this Psalm expresses the feelings of the sons of Korah, David’s feelings are also expressed.   “Look upon the face of your anointed,” he cries. (v. 9).  He loved to “dwell in the house of the Lord” all the days of his life (23:5)   Perhaps David had been away from God’s house on a military campaign, but he longs to make the pilgrimage to the Tabernacle.  Even when he passes through the Baca Valley, the place of weeping, he thanks God for refreshing rains.  He cries out, “A day in your courts is better than a thousand.  Even as king of Israel, he cries out, “ I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God” than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.   His heart overflows with gratitude to God who has blessed him so abundantly. “No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (v.11).

Prayer:Lord we love your Sabbath day with its rich blessings, as we meet together in the house of the Lord to feast on the Sabbath School lesson, the mission stories, the music, the sermon, and the worship with fellow believers.  Tune our hearts to be in harmony with You, and we will sing of the blessing of the Sabbath in God’s house.   There we come into Your Presence and “behold the face of the Lord.”  No good thing will you withhold from us as we trust in You.

 

Beatrice Neall
Retired Professor of Religion
Union College