Psalm 84: "His Dwelling Place"
The sons of Korah are responsible for this psalm, and a few more to follow this one. We know from 2 Chronicles 20:19 that the sons of Korah were an important piece of the singers in Israel, but we also read in 1 Chronicles 9:17-19 that some were also temple stewards, so some literally dwelled in the temple. This adds an interesting point of view to this psalm. Listen to some of the language used when describing the dwelling place of the Lord. It is lovely. It is blessed. The psalmist says that even the sparrow finds a home with the Lord. Remeber in Matthew 10 when Jesus states that even the sparrow lacks nothing? I wonder if Jesus had this psalm in mind when He said that. There is a longing that the psalmist has about the house of the Lord because that is where the Lord is. We should always be longing to be in the presence of the Lord. That's what he says in verse 10 (a very well known verse) when the psalmist says that one day in His courts is better than 1,000 elsewhere. This is a celbratory and encouraging psalm, guiding us towards seeking the presence of the Lord. It is there where we find joy (verse 2) and where we are made strong (verse 5). Notice I didn't say in a church building is where you find joy and strength, because the Lord is everywhere, and if you are a Christian, then He dwells inside you in the form of the Holy Spirit. Question is. Do we long for the presence of our Lord?