How lovely is Your tabernacle,
O LORD of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, even faints
For the courts of the LORD;
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
Even the sparrow has found a home,
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.
Blessed are those who dwell in Your house;
They will still be praising You. Selah
Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
They make it a spring;
The rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
Each one appears before God in Zion.[fn]
O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
O God, behold our shield,
And look upon the face of Your anointed.
For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
The LORD will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.
O LORD of hosts,
Blessed is the man who trusts in You!
If so, what was it and why?
I'd like to hear what your gleaned from this chapter too.
This Sunday the Pastor taught on Zechariah 14:5-6
and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:
You see God is coming soon. Yes, even the prophets before Jesus looked at this day as something coming, and so do we. We are closer today then yesterday.
When God instructed Moses (Exodus) on how to build the tabernacle, He declared it was a replica of that in Heaven. So today our hearts can still long for the courts above. Presently, Israel as been spending years making a new place to worship for their people in Jerusalem. We know by the book of Revelation that one day they will be doing sacrifices and eventually the Anti Christ will come and present himself as the "Counter-fit Messiah". It is interesting how God allowed the blueprints of the tabernacle in the Bible so that the Jews could fill Bible Prophecy for the last days. Of course we know that the modern temple isn't necessary to rid people of sin; Jesus did that on the cross. He fulfilled all the law and the prophets and as we come to Him for salvation, he cleanses us and washes us from our sin. We don't need a building place to worship, we can worship God in the our own hearts with our own mouths and spirits. Have you worshipped Him today?
I like how the Psalmist wrote about the sparrow making a home for itself in the tabernacle. I just think of the little guy flying back and forth, and the Psalmist seeing it envying him for his closeness to tabernacle.
The sanctuary of God is a great place to get a heavenly perspective . Psalm 73:17 says, "Until I went into the sanctuary of God, I understood their end" We can get all caught up in the events around us. We can look and see how others are prospering and why some evil agendas are prevailing. However, when we go into the sanctuary of God, we get the right perspective. No matter what trials and hardships we face here on this earth, they are nothing to be compared with the treasures and live we will receive in heaven for being faithful. Unfortunately, the godless are not so; there end will be destruction no matter how good they had it in this life.
So if you are needing a fresh perspective, get in the Word of God and be revitalized in who you are as a Child of God.
VS 5-6 Heart of pilgrimage.
More and more I feel like a pilgrim here on Earth. More and more I realize that this isn't my homestead. Heaven will be where we will finally be all that we are meant to be. Heaven is where I am investing in my eternal home, earth is just a means to make it better up there. Phil 3:20 says, "for our citizenship is in heaven for which we eagerly wait for our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ."
As a pilgrim, we will encounter many trials and obstacles, hills and valleys. Here in this Psalm they were passing through the "Valley of Baca". Baca means weeping. They were in the valley of Baca, but what did they do?
Did you see that?
They made it a spring. Christianity is so amazing because of this element to know that no matter the hardship, God is working it out for our good. No matter why the tears are falling, they will have a purpose. I remember being so sad before and how I took those tears and started to praise the Lord. I handed my problems to the Lord and praised Him for what He was going to do with them. I didn't know it then but today I see how He truly used that pain to make me a better person.
You too can turn tears in to a spring. You can have "sorrow for the night, but joy in the morning."
It's possible when you see your life through the lens of God's goodness and love.
vs 7 they go from strength to strength.
The closer we get to appear before the Lord the more our hearts are strengthened for the final lap of the journey. I have always admired how athletes who run amazing distances or speed have the ability to kick it in at the end. I had a friend who would do this. I would set a good pace at running the mile and she would follow close behind. Then at the last 200yards she would start to sprint out the rest. I was done, I always longed to do that but I couldn't. I was just the pacer lol. Anyway, I don't feel I will be that way towards heaven. I want to keep a good pace and get stronger and stronger as I get closer and closer to His return.
Vs 10 I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God.
Do you feel like this? I sure do. I just long to be in God's presence.
To be a doorkeeper. A meager position but in heaven who cares, you're there.