Psalm 84 – The Blessedness of Dwelling in the House of God
We call the place in which we worship, a sanctuary. A sanctuary is a place of refuge. The sons of Korah sing of it, at Psalm 84.
1 How lovely is Your tabernacle,
O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, yes, even faints
For the courts of the Lord;
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
3 Even the sparrow has found a home,
And the swallow a nest for herself,
Where she may lay her young—
Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts,
My King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in Your house;
They will still be praising You. Selah
10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.
Are these your thoughts when you come into worship, when you come to the living God, in worship, when we come together, in worship? In Christ, we can. In Christ, we must!
12 O Lord of hosts,
Blessed is the man who trusts in You!
Let us pray.
Dear Father in heaven,
You are great and greatly to be praised. In Christ, You have called us into worship. May it be a sanctuary for Your people. May the Holy Spirit ever prepare us for heavenly worship. In the name of Jesus, we shall have it. We thank You for it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.