Read Psalm 84:4 -5
I get excited when I think about the day when I can spend eternity in the presence of God Almighty in His dwelling place. My heart reflects that of the Psalmist as I declare, “my soul longs and faints for the city of Heaven. My heart and flesh cry out for joy to the living God who has prepared a place for believers where we may dwell in His presence for all eternity." Until that day I will live in joyous anticipation and seek to dwell in His presence here on earth.
Vs. 4 – 5: Happy is the person who dwells in the presence of God and happy is the person who is completely and utterly dependant on God for all things. Dependence on God is not a crutch or a constricting thing; it is the one thing that can truly make a person happy and blessed.
Vs. 8 – 9: The prayer of the journeyman. It is a prayer of protection upon the nation of Israel and her king.
Vs 10: The Psalmist continues his prayer. He declares that if given the choice in life he would choose to spend one day in the presence of God than to the spend 1,000 days anyplace else. He would gladly be a servant in the presence of God than to be confined by the shackles of sin and evil. This verse is just another way of saying there is nothing more in heaven or earth that can compare to being in the presence of God. Imagine that! This man is soooooo excited to go to “Church” that he can’t imagine being any other place on earth than in the place where he can meet with God.
Vs. 11: He declares God is the source of all that is good and perfect. He provides our every need… He provides protection, sunlight, honor and all that is declared good to us.
Vs. 12: Proclaims another way we can be blessed or happy. Happy is the one who puts all his trust in God.
Jeff has been in ministry for well over two decades. He currently serves as Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Baptist Southside Campus in Bradenton, Florida.
Jeff Has authored an Advent Devotional (The Advent of Jesus) and a devotional on the book of James (James: Where Faith and Life Meet). Both are available on Amazon.
He is married to Carrie and they have four children, Micaiah, Gabe, Simon, and Berea.
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