Psalms 84:1



Psalms 84:1-10 says, “To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God. O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah. Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed. 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.”

There is no better place to be than in the presence of God. In the Old Testament the greatest manifestation of the presence of God was found in the temple of God in Jerusalem and before the temple was built it was the tabernacle. We also have instances of people like Moses on mount Sinai and the disciples when they walked with Jesus to help us know what it is like in the prescence of God.

But most importantly a Christian has the Spirit of God dwelling inside them. We live in the age of grace and ever since the day of Pentecost God has made revealed His prescence in graceful way in which He never had in the past, through the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Those who know little about God think that you have to go to a building to find the prescence of God. The Bible says in Jeremiah 23:24,Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.” Acts 17:28 says, “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”

    When a person turns from their sins to Jesus Christ the Spirit of come immediately comes to dwell inside them. What a blessing it is to live in the age of grace. We have the opportunity to have a connection to God in a way most of the human race throughout history has never had.

The presence of God is like a very gentle and subtle whispering of the wind. If you listen carefully to your heart you can feel Him there. The prescence of God is no father than the thickness of the air. Of course there are other ways to perceive the prescence of God. The fingerprint of God can be seen in nature. The heavens reveal the glory of God and the clouds are the dust of His feet.

Not only nature but the Word of God itself reveals the prescence of God. The Word of God feeds a person and connects them to the Spirit of God. Anyone who is a true believer in Jesus Christ knows something of the love of God, the peace of God and the joy that emanates from His prescence. Psalms 16:11, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

Those who do not know Jesus Christ as their savior have avoid in their soul, a void in their life, that void is the lack of the prescence of God. There is nothing worse than to be without the presence of God. When describes what hell is like and the punishments of hell it says in 2 Thessalonians 1:9, “Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.”

There is nothing worse than to be without the presence of the LORD. Just think about who God is: almighty in power, perfect in Holiness, filled with glory and majesty, and the Creator of all life. From the prescence of God emanates the source of all love and purity and righteousness and cleanness and kindness and joy.

I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”

Those who understand the holiness of God, those who have glimpsed the glory of God, those who understand the great love of God will desire to be in His presence. And that is the greatest truth and blessing about heaven which we look forward too, the presence of God in a way we have never experienced before.

Revelation 21:23, “And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.”

In the end it will be found that God gave every human being exactly what they wanted. Those who hate God and hate His presence and reject the gospel of Jesus Christ will spend eternity forever separated from God and from His prescence. Those love God and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ have the wonderful blessing of being in the prescence of God and basking in His glory for all eternity.

Psalms 84:11-12, “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. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.”

The world tries to make it sound like living a holy life is to live a life without pleasure. But there is great pleasure and peace in following Jesus and in walking uprightly. Psalms 16:11, “at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

There is the joy of having your sins forgiven. There is great pleasure and great satisfaction in accomplishing things that you know will last forever and not just for this life. There is great pleasure in standing for the truth and in influencing others to turn to righteousness. There is great pleasure in a person’s intimate and secret fellowship and friendship with Jesus.

Psalms 85:1-7, “To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. LORD, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob. Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah. Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger. Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease. Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations? Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.”

Sometimes when people the message of the judgment of God and how a Holy God gets angry at sin and punishes sin they will accuse God of being unjust and unfair. They will say, “the way of the Lord is not equal.”

    This is in fact a common argument of people who do not want to repent of their sins who do not want to acknowledge their sinful actions. As if lying to one’s self is going to result in some how escaping the judgment of God. It might help them to temporarily quench the guilt that is in their consciences but eventually they will have to stand before God to be judged for their sins if they do not repent.

It just shows how blind a person can be spiritually. God is a loving God. God is a God that loves to forgive that wants to give out His mercy and His grace to people and to nations. God sent His son Jesus. Jesus gave his life shedding His blood and dying a gruesome violent death on the cross. God gives men life. God gives men free will. God gives men the opportunity to live life and enjoy all the good things of God’s creation. And gives opportunity after opportunity for people to repent of their sins. How merciful and patient He is. And not only this but He forgives and He forgives and He forgives. God never refuses to give mercy to those that seek it.

I John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Anyone who thinks or accuses God of being unjust or who says, “the way of the Lord is not equal” is simply blind to the obvious. This is one of the wonderful benefits of reading and studying the Old Testament. If you read and study the Old Testament you will see just how patient merciful God was to Israel in giving them opportunity and after opportunity to repent of their sins and in warning them over and over and over of the judgment of God. And that was during the age of the law.

Psalms 85:8-13 “I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.”

    Mercy, truth, righteousness and peace are things that go together. There is no mercy without truth and there is no peace without righteousness. If you want to find mercy, truth, righteousness and peace then you need to turn to Jesus and to His word.

Psalms 86:1-2 says, “A Prayer of David. Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy. Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.”

The preserving of a soul and holiness go together. Sin results in destruction and death. How does one become holy? This question is easy to answer; through the blood of Jesus Christ. To be sanctified means to be made holy.

The last half of 2 Thessalonians 2:13 says, “God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.” If you have repented of your sins to Jesus then you are made holy and your soul is preserved which means you have eternal life.

         Another important thing these verses do is show how God’s plan of salvation has been the same through the ages. In talking about the preservation of a soul it mentions holiness and trusting in God. A person becomes holy by trusting in the Lord. This was true for Adam and Eve it was true for Abraham it was true for king David and it is true today.

Psalms 86:3-10, “Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily. Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me. Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works. All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name. For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.”

These are more verses which are emphasizing how merciful and forgiving God is. It probably is not possible to talk too much or too emphasize too much the mercy and the forgiveness of God. Human beings are great sinners. We are so sinful we will probably never fully understand in this life just how sinful we are. But one thing is certain people to hear and to understand the mercy and the forgiveness of God.

If you understand the mercy and the forgiveness of God then you will never quit serving Him no matter how great your failures are. If you understand the mercy and the forgiveness of God then you will be able to forgive yourself for own mistakes in life. And if you understand the mercy and the forgiveness of God then you will be able to forgive other people no matter how evil are the wrongs they do to you.

Psalms 86:11, “Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.”

Why do so few people correctly understand the Word of God? Why is there so much false teaching in the world and even incorrect teaching when it comes to Christianity? One main reason is because people are not sincere in their hearts. They do not really the attitude and approach of this verse.

The way of the Lord is the way everlasting. The way of the Lord brings peace, prosperity, satisfaction, pleasure, happiness. Why anyone would choose to not want to walk in God’s truth seems strange indeed.

Psalms 86:12-17, “I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell. O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them. But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid. Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.”

In these verses we are told about some of God great character qualities: compassion, grace, longsuffering, mercy, and truth. Compassion has to do with a person’s ability to understand how another person feels and to treat them with kindness and tenderness.  Grace has to do with what God gives freely but it also includes with it the idea of things that are good and beautiful. Longsuffering has to do with God’s patience in putting up with our sinfulness. God is slow to wrath. If God was not longsuffering He would destroy immediately when we fail instead of gently coming to us and touching our hearts and waiting for us to repent. Mercy has to do with God’s great kindness in not giving us what we deserve as a result of our sins. Truth can be defined as what is real. It is like light that shines in the dark so that we can see our way.

If you think about the qualities of God’s character and personality then you will realize how foolish and blind people are that turn away from Jesus.

Psalms 87:1-7, “A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah. His foundation is in the holy mountains. The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah. I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there. And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her. The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah. As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.”

What is it about Zion? What is it about the city of Jerusalem that is so special to God? Well first of all Mount Moriah is the place where Abraham’s faith tested when God told Him to offer His only son. Faith pleases God. The reason God had Abraham offer up His son was an illustration for salvation because God offered up His only Son.

The second great truth about Jerusalem is that it is the place where Jesus was crucified for the sins of the world.  The 3rd great truth is the future plan that God has for Jerusalem. God made a promise that through the line of King David the Messiah would come and that God would rule the world.

Concerning the great future which God has planned for the city of Jerusalem the Bible says in Revelation 21:11-27, “Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.”

Of course not only does God have great things planned for the city of Jerusalem but for all people who turn from their sins and turn to Jesus. If you have not trusted in Jesus Christ for salvation then please do so today and you can take part in God’s great and wonderful plan for mankind in the future.


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