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The Joy of the Temple of God
Bible Passage Psalm 84
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & book Psalm.

The Joy of the Temple of God

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached December 7, 2022

1 To the Chief Musician. On Gittith. A Psalm for the sons of Korah. How lovely are Your tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!

2 My soul longs, yea, even faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

3 Yea, even the sparrow has found a house, 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.

5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You; Your ways are in their hearts;

6 Who passing through the valley of weeping make it a place of springs; yea, the early rain also clothes it with blessings.

7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them appearing in Zion before God.

8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.

9 Behold, O God, our shield, and look upon the face of Your anointed,

10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather stand at the threshold of 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.

12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in You.

This Psalm is about a pilgrim, who journeys to the temple in Jerusalem. Due to the difficulties and dangers people faced in travelling from remote areas to Jerusalem, some Israelites could visit the temple only once or twice each year.

Psalm 84 reflects the joy and satisfaction of one such traveller as he comes to the temple to worship. He calls God “LORD” and “living God” while outpouring his joy from his soul and heart. (verses 1-2). Some birds often made nests in the courtyard of the temple. The nests are their homes and place of comfort and security as we know. This also has great meaning for this man. As the birds find rest in their nests, so he finds rest in God’s house (verses 3-4). Hallelujah!

The traveller is so pleased to have arrived at the temple, that the troubles he experienced on the journey now seem nothing. Although he was faint and weary in a waterless country, God strengthened him to go (verses 5-7).

I compare this to how people travel distances to go to choir rehearsals, church meetings and church services. There are so many risks and troubles on the way but they often fix their eyes on God and they persevere to overcome such challenges.

As he offers praise to God he does not forget to pray for the king (verses 8-9). He finds such joy in worshipping in God’s house, that he would gladly put up with any difficulties, no matter how tiring the journey, just to stand at the door. He would rather go through hardships and be at the temple than remain at ease but be far away from God.

The almighty God alone is the source of all true blessing (verses 10-12).

🔷 We must yearn to be in the house of the living God always, despite the challenges

🔷 We must always pray to show appreciation to God and commit our worries to the hands of God

🔷 We must adore God for His wonder and splendour

💥 Pray and adore the majesty of God
💥 Ask to yearn to be in God’s house always

It is when we spend time reflecting on God that we shall have an intimate fellowship with him. It is important to have space to fellowship with other believers and continue to see the majesty of God so we have wholesome blessings from Him.

In series Bright Morning Reflections