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  • Psalm Eighty Four

    How wonderful are your tabernacles, Oh Lord,
    my soul longs to be in your house,
    my desire is to worship you in your dwelling.
    I cry out to be in the presence of the living God.
    The sparrows have their houses,
    the swallows have their nests,
    and You have Your altar, Lord,
    where You are proclaimed Lord of Hosts,
    King of kings, and the living God.
    You have blessed those who live in your house, Lord,
    for they are there with You, to worship and praise Your name.
    Think about this.

    Blessed are people who draw their strength from You, Lord.
    For Your heart is in them,
    when they pass through the desert of Baca,
    a well will spring up to refresh them,
    You will make the rain to cool them.
    They are strengthened by the Lord of hosts,
    they approach You in Your holy city.
    Hear my prayer, oh God,
    Hear my words, God of Jacob.
    Think about this.

    Look down on us, oh God our shield.
    Look down upon Your chosen people.
    One day in Your temple is better than a thousand days away.
    I would rather be the doorman to Your holy house,
    than be exalted in the tents of the wicked.
    For You are my light and my shield,
    You will give grace and glory,
    You will not withhold any good thing
    from those who walk in the path of Your righteousness.
    Oh, God, our God. Blessed are the people
    who trust in You.


    Do you remember the first time you were away from home? Not just overnight, not just for a season, but really away from home. Remember the way it felt to be apart from all the things you loved?

    I think men and women in the armed forces can relate to this better than most. When they deploy overseas, they leave home and family behind, not knowing what will happen. “Even if I manage to survive the trip overseas, will home still be the same? Will the parents be okay, will my friends remember me?”. It's a scary thing to leave home.

    Even more so if you leave under less than happy circumstances. Asaph is praying for the sons of Korah, the priests appointed by David to serve God in the tabernacle, asking God to show them the way back to His service. Israel is in one of those low spots with God, and they need to get their mind right.

    Praying to God for his mercy should always begin with praise for the goodness He has given in the past.

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