Morning devotion: Read Psalm 84

Psalms 84:1  ¶<<To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.>> How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! 2  My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. 3  Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. 4  Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. 5  Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. 6  Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. 7  They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

Peace and grace, and a calmness of heart and soul, accompany this sweet Psalm. Even though Korah rebelled against Moses, his posterity is blessed as they go on to serve the Lord. The family of Korah were the porters of the temple of the Lord. They were assigned as guards to keep the gates and watch over the treasury.

“How amiable are thy tabernacles,” or how lovely they are. How lovely is the tabernacle of God when one considers it was the place were God spoke with Moses via the ark of the covenant? How lovely is the church of God when one considers it is the place where the glorious word of God is preached and taught?

It is the place where the sparrow takes refuge and finds peace as she nests there with here young. It is the place where we find peace and solace and our own children find the same refuge from this world.

God says: “Blessed are they that dwell in thy house:” Blessed is the man whose delight is in the word of God and he muses over it night and day. Blessed are they who find strength and are strengthened by this wonderful place. Blessed are those who rely on the Lord even when they go through the valley of Baca (the valley of weeping). We all have gone through that valley and we all know what it means to weep. The beauty is in the refuge we find in the Lord as we go through the valley and rejoice on the way out.

We go from strength to strength. We go from little strength to strong strength and from strong strength to greater strength for our strength is in the Lord.

Psalms 18:2  The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

Psalms 18:32  It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

1 Peter 5:10  ¶But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook