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Psalm 84 (4:04)

by Jason Silver (played 31 times)

 

This Psalm is used often in different religious traditions for the dedication of a temple, cathedral, or church. It makes sense: the author sings about the loveliness of God's house, and how he'd rather be there than anywhere else!

As I considered this, it got me to thinking: wouldn't it be different for Christians, since Jesus came to dwell in our bodies, making us living temples of his Holy Spirit?

Well, for one thing– we don't need to go to a special building to meet with God. He lives within us, and we can find him in the hearts of our brothers and sisters in Christ!

That's great news for me, because there's something supernatural about standing alone in the woods, with running water nearby maybe; the tall pines and oak trees like pillars in a temple of the forest. Everywhere you look, new life springs up, finding protection in the cracks of rocks, surviving on the life-giving water in such plentiful supply.

I still love worshipping with others at church, of course! However, there's something very meaningful to me in getting away from the hubbub, technology everywhere, and to acquaint myself with what it means to be a creature in creation.

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Lyrics

How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts! O Lord of hosts!
How my soul longs, indeed it faints
For the courts of the Lord;
My heart and my flesh
Sing out for joy
To the living God.

Even the sparrow finds a home,
And the swallow finds a nest,
Where she may safely lay her young
At your altars, O Lord,
My King and my God.
Happy are those
Who live in your house,

Happy are those
Ever singing your praise.

Selah (rest and think on that)

Happy are those whose strength's in you,
Their hearts are highways to Zion.
As they go through the valley sad,
Make it a place of springs;
The early rain falls,
Filling the pools.
They go from strength to strength;
The God of gods
Will be seen in Zion.

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
Give ear, O God of Jacob!

Selah (rest and think on that)

For just one day within your courts
Is better than a thousand gone.
And I would rather keep the door
Than live in tents of sin.
For the Lord God is
A sun and shield;
He gives favour and honour.

No good thing does God withhold
From those who walk uprightly.
O Lord God of hosts,
Happy are all who trust in you.

ISRC: SE5BU1967062