Those who choose to enter into God’s presence and earnestly seek Him in all they do, say or think will be blessed. David was named by God as “a man after God’s own heart”. That’s a pretty incredible thing to say about someone who was a murderer and adulterer. But that’s story for another time. Yes, David failed at times, just like we do, but he would always return to the Lord. That makes him a good role model for us. Read what King David writes in Psalm 84.
My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord, my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. (Psalm 84:2 NKJV) Does your soul long for God? Do you ache for Him? If not, learn about Him. Study what He’s done for you. Focus on the majesty of Him and you will want to be near Him.
Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; they will still be praising You. (Psalm 84:4 NKJV) Staying focused on God no matter what’s going on around you causes you to see things from a different perspective. When you remember God knows what He’s doing, you can praise Him, even while going through a tough trial in life. David had plenty of trials in his life. If David could praise God in the middle of his trials, surely we can too.
Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage. (Psalm 84:5 NKJV) Realizing we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us is a blessing. David knew where his strength came from – the Lord. In addition, he knew he was on a journey. We are also on a journey to our real home in heaven. Like Paul taught us we are to remember to keep our eyes on the eternal things and not the things we can see. When eternity is our focus, we set our hearts in the direction of God and His Kingdom. Then we can easily say what David did in Psalm 84:10 NKJV, “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.”
Our soul longs for the Lord, our minds are set on eternity, and our strength comes from Him. For further reassurance, look at look at Psalm 84:11 NKJV: “No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” There are blessings waiting for you who follow the Lord.
Lord, thank you for using ordinary people as examples for us. Thank you for the mercy and grace you pour out on us. Help us long for you. Guide our thoughts to the eternal things. Remind us where our strength comes from. Reassure us of your love and enable us to walk uprightly before you. In Jesus’ name Amen.
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