Psalm 84 begins with a familiar verse that is also a song. “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts”! God’s temple is indeed a lovely place. He was there among His people, just as He is with us today. And because the relationship with God is personal, our heart longs for Him if our relationship is right. “My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God”. God is not just out there somewhere. He is our friend and companion and an ever present help. Our hearts should sing of joy because of our relationship with the living God.
The psalmist refers to the sparrow and how that little bird is taken care of. So much more God cares for us. We may not always see that because we’re too busy consumed with ourselves and maybe even running from a loving God because we want to do things our way. But that doesn’t change the reality that God loves us and is our source of strength. “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion”. We receive blessing when we are walking in Him. He has the highway to those blessings.
God is also our protection. He not only provides strength and blessing, He also stands with us to protect us from evil. “Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed”! There is no safer place than the presence of God. He is the ultimate super hero. He never fails, and never loses. God is the greatest source of strength and protection this universe has or ever will know. And He is more than ready and able to provide that for us, if we’ll only allow Him to do His job as God in our life. Too often we want to do things our way and don’t even seek God’s power.
Then comes a famous verse that defines the reality of what a relationship with God should look like. “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere”. Better is one day with Him than a thousand elsewhere. Being in the presence of God is as good as it gets. Ever. Anywhere. Anytime. And the best news of all is that we have free access to do exactly that – to be in His presence through a personal relationship. “No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly”. It’s all there for us if we will only walk with Him. How much more simple can it get?