Author: Sons of Korah
Verse 1 – How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts!
Verse 2 – My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
Verse 3 – Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young – even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, My King, My God.
Verse 4 – Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; they will still be praising You. Selah
When we set everything aside from a hectic life and enter God’s house, there is a peace and presence of God’s Spirit dwelling there. These verses are another example of why we should not neglect gathering with other believers at God’s House.
Too many times I’ve heard, “I don’t have to go to a church to be a Christian!” I say, “If you are born – again, then you want to go to church. There is nothing in this world that compares to the comfort of being in a room filled with other believers and the presence of God’s Holy Spirit. The one’s that say they don’t have to go are denying what the Bible tells us not to do: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
God doesn’t want any loan sheep outside the security of other believers. There’s power in numbers. Belonging to a body of believers is where we will learn, grow, and be protected. When one stands alone, the wolf (Satan) can come in and devour.
Verse 5 – Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
Verse 6 – As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a spring; the rain also covers it with pools.
The passage to the temple passed through a barren Valley of Baca. No specific valley has been identified as Baca, because Baca can mean weeping also.
Often coming to meet God has been a journey of searching and emptiness. Some get to the point of feeling like such failures in life. A decision has to be made at this stage in life, towards God, or continue down the same ole path.
Verse 7 – They go from strength to strength; every one of them appears before God, in Zion.
Verse 8 – O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
Verse 9 – O God, behold our shield, and look upon the face of Your anointed.
Verse 10 – For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a door keeper in the house of my God then dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Verse 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.
Do we honestly think that a loving Father, who sent His Only Begotten Son to die for you and me, would withhold “good things” from us? We show Him what we believe by what we say – out loud.
We have a Savior that is at the right hand of God who makes intercession for us. Why would we not think that His provision is not perfect in every way? Believe that He is a good God; that His benefits are daily; that His timing is perfect; that He will not withhold good things, and your prayers will change from complaining about what you think God is withholding, to thanking Him for what He’s about to do! Believe and receive!
Verse 12 – O Lord of hosts, Blessed is the man who trusts in You!
Some think being blessed is with material things; others think it only involves the spiritual. What does the Bible say?
In Ephesians 1:3, Paul says that Jesus has (already) blessed us (you and me) with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ. So what are some of the spiritual blessings? (These are only a few) (1) In Him (Christ) we have redemption through Christ’s blood; (2) we have forgiveness of sin; (3) wisdom (4) we have obtained an inheritance (5) the promise of His Holy Spirit (6) with His Holy Spirit comes power. The same power that raised Christ from the dead. I could go on and on, but the concept is, “We have all things in Christ according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will!
So does this spiritual blessing include material things? Yes, it does. How will you ever bless someone in need if you don’t have anything to bless them with? But be careful; don’t spend time on envying what someone else has. God will give us what we can handle for the time being. I do know this though; God is not going to give us more if we are stingy with what we already have.
However, He likes to take a little and turn it into “much!” He will not, will not, withhold no good thing for those who walk uprightly! Amen! He’s a good God!