Day 12: Psalm 84
Hello! I’m so delighted you are here and so is Jesus. Today we’re going to be looking at Psalm
84. Before reading this devotional, take some time to be still in God’s presence & read this
This scripture begins with the Psalmist speaking of a burning desire to be in God’s house. If
anyone can relate to this, it’s us! We’ve spent the majority of 2020 watching Church from
our sofas! As we examine David’s words more closely, we see he longs to worship the living
God – verse 2. David longs for far more than a physical place of worship; He is hungry for
Church, is our greatest desire to dwell in the presence of God?
God is The One who created you, pursued you, died for you, forgave you, adopted you &
redeemed you, and He asks for just one thing; your whole heart’s affection. Can you give
Him this today?
Psalm 84 goes on to speak of the heavenly influence we can have in this world when God is
on the throne in our hearts:
When they (God’s people) walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a
place of refreshing springs – verse 6
I think we could rename 2020 ‘The Valley of Weeping’ and it would not be an
overstatement; our world has faced sickness, fear, uncertainty, death & pain in
unprecedented ways. Yet here we read that believers can bring refreshment in to valley-like
Church, do we live like this? Do we live like we carry the presence of the God of the
universe inside our hearts? Do we live like the same God who split the seas, walked on
water, & raised the dead lives in us?
There are people in these dark circumstances of 2020 who are crying out to be refreshed
by the spring of living water that is Jesus. Will you be the one who will show them His love?
Many of us know that we are called to carry Christ’s love to others, yet sometimes we are
trying so hard to navigate the valley that we can’t seem to find the strength. Yet we read
The Lord is our sun and our shield. The Lord gives us grace and glory’ – verse 11.
Church, the strength to carry God’s presence to those around us comes from Him, and Him
alone. He gives us grace & glory, He is our sun and our shield. So what is our part? We must
lift our eyes from the valley to the guiding light – the sun, our God – and ‘fix our eyes on
things above’ – (Colossians 3:2). As we are reminded of God’s faithfulness our soul is awakened &
we can find the strength to go on.
Please do spend some time with God & let him speak your heart about this Psalm, as there
is so much more gold within this scripture that He wishes to pour into your heart. My prayer today is that we would be stirred afresh to place God on the throne of our hearts
and to commit our lives to carrying His love to others. I pray we would go boldly, knowing He
will be our guiding light & source of strength along the way, even in the darkest times.