Today I am suggesting that you join me in reading this psalm. Don’t rush through it. Think about it. It could be the point of the musical word â€œSelahâ€ â€“ pause and think about it. Think of it as a â€œwhole restâ€. After you read and think about this psalm, then watch through the day how God will use it to teach, encourage, and just generally (and specifically) make us better.
How lovely is Your dwelling place, LORD of Hosts.
I long and yearn for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and flesh cry out for the living God.
Even a sparrow finds a home, and a swallow, a nest for herself where she places her youngâ€”
near Your altars, LORD of Hosts, my King and my God.
How happy are those who reside in Your house, who praise You continually.
Happy are the people whose strength is in You,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a source of springwater;
even the autumn rain will cover it with blessings.
They go from strength to strength;
each appears before God in Zion.
LORD God of Hosts, hear my prayer;
listen, God of Jacob.
Consider our shield, God; look on the face of Your anointed one.
Better a day in Your courts than a thousand [anywhere else].
I would rather be at the door of the house of my God
than to live in the tents of the wicked.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield.
The LORD gives grace and glory;
He does not withhold the good from those who live with integrity.
LORD of Hosts, happy is the person who trusts in You!Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Psalm 84 (HCSB)