Morning devotion: Read Psalm 84

Psalms 84:8  O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah. 9  Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed. 10  For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. 11  For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. 12  O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

Can you see the beauty of this Psalm? Can you see the safety of dwelling in the house of the Lord? We are certainly blessed of the Lord. Psalms 84:4  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. Verse 12 closes this Psalm with “blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.”

There is a great closeness to the Lord here, an intimate relationship is revealed as we see the Psalmist speaking with and trusting the Lord and voicing himself through confidence in prayer. He states,” no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” He knows that God will withhold nothing that is good for those in such a relationship.

Notice his prayer is to his beloved Lord; there is nothing between him and the Lord in the house of the Lord. What a sweet connection.

Hebrews 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

There is no separation here, the Psalmist does not need to go into some booth and speak to some man behind some screen hoping for forgiveness. Where is the relationship in that? Where is the closeness to the Lord of glory? It is separated by human flesh. That formalistic liturgical practice is not the gracious glorious anticipation revealed in this Psalm. The Psalmist speaks directly to God for who can forgive sins but God?

He relishes in the fact that God is his sun and shield and through the Lord there is grace and glory. Oh, oh what a glorious relationship, what a wonderful intimacy, what a lovely place to be. Truly, truly, blessed in the man that trusteth in the Lord.

There is a certain glory in a personal relationship with the Lord. Ephesians 1:6  To the praise of the glory of his (Jesus’) grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Do you have that relationship, that intimacy, that trust in the Lord? Do you know you can go directly to the Lord in sweet conversation? Do you know you are a born again, saved Christian experiencing that wonderful caring closeness with the Lord? You can. Romans 10:9-10.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook