Thursday, December 3, 2020

#ThursdayDevotion: Greater Place (Psalm 84: 1 - 2, 4, 12)

 Greater Place

PSALM 84: 1-2, 4, 12

“How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty!  My soul yearns, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”  (vs. 1-2)
“Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.”  (vs. 4)
“O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trust in you.”  (vs. 12)

As we are getting closer to Christmas this season of Christmas is quite unique. Many of us we are going through Isolation – quarantine – being separated perhaps from those we love – long to be with – to be in the presence of our family and friends.   We have all experienced these feelings/emotions during these last 7-8 months.   As I was reading through the book of Psalms for today’s devotion preparation then the Lord spoke to me through Psalm 84. If we look at verses 1-2, 4 and 12 we can find the following…..

AN ATTITUDE OF “BEING HOME WITH GOD” – TO LIVE IN A CONSTANT ENVIRONMENT OF HIS PRESENCE

As I read though this Scripture – “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty!  My soul yearns, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God”, my own soul longed to be in His presence.  The Psalmist here is thinking about being home with God.   Our deepest longing is to be home in the presence of our God. One commentary state “to be at home with God is to live in a constant environment of His presence”.   This was quite refreshing for my soul. The Lord brought me to a place of personal worship. The quietness of my room became my meeting place with God. A constant environment of God’s presence.

AN APPETITE FOR GOD – DEEP HUNGERING FOR GOD – “MY HEART AND FLESH CRY OUT FOR THE LIVING GOD.”

The Psalmist here was expressing an appetite we should have not only when we are worshipping corporately but personally as well.  He had an appetite for God – His hunger is clearly seen in the words; longs, faints, yearns, crying out to Him, “my heart and flesh cry out for the living God”. 

We need to have renewed yearning to be in the presence of God – growing desire – every day to spend time in the presence of God.

AN ACT OF DEEP TRUST – A REAL, DEEP GENUINE JOY IN TRUSTING GOD.   LEANING ON HIS GRACE, MERCY, FAITHFULNESS, GOODNESS IN EVERY SITUATION.

Vs. 12 –“O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.”   the sum of it all essentially it comes down to a matter of trust.  “A real, deep, genuine joy of trusting in God; of believing there is a God, confiding in His character; leaning on Him in every situation in life; relying on His mercy, grace and faithfulness. Here in this verse, God’s goodness and greatness lead the psalmist to experience and declare the blessedness of trusting in God.

As we meditate on Psalm 84, may you be renewed, refreshed in your yearning and desired for the Lord.   My prayer is that – “Lord, give me a heart that longs to be in your presence – to gaze into your loveliness and worship You!”    May it be so for you all today. Amen.