Psalm 84 Commentary
One great injustice done to the cause of the Gospel is the picture that it is all about sacrifice. One must forget about the joys of life and take the cross. Shelve the ambitions and live a low and poor life. It is never appealing. But it is a lie.
Psalm 84 paints for us a very different picture. And every saint says Amen. The Christian walk brings us into God’s presence. It is beautiful and lovely. You never want to miss it. The Creator God hooked a man’s life there. It is the desire of every man’s heart.
The mention of the sparrow and the swallow brings us to what the LORD Jesus Christ said concerning the loving-kindness and care of the Creator God. So the picture is complete. Man’s inbuilt desire for the Creator God on the one hand and the Creator’s loving care on the other hand. The saint is glad to have found their way near God’s altar.
Find a saint and look at their lives in a profound way. Do they look sad? Are they joyless, pitiful, low, and out? No. They radiate peace and contentment. It is a special gift the LORD gives us. And they know better is one day in God’s presence than a thousand elsewhere. They don’t need drugs to make them happy.
The LORD supplies their needs from the abundance of His dwelling. They keep warm and enjoy the favor of the Creator God.
The lie out there is the fake life of wickedness. And they know it. They feel it. They experience emptiness daily. There is no joy. It is slavery. They try to use drugs but it never works because it cannot just work. They try to use technology and virtualize everything happy and great but it is all in vain. They increase sin upon sin but their lives worsen.
Why spend so much money on what doesn’t work? The scripture calls the world to come and experience joy and peace. Only the Holy Spirit gives the real stuff. The rest is fake and can only worsen the seeker’s life.
This psalm reminds the saint of the blessedness of his or her Christian walk. They shouldn’t wear sad faces because they don’t have fake products. Keep happy with the original and functional product as freely given by the LORD Jesus Christ. Something good; remains the definition of the Gospel.
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