Psalm 84 is a psalm of longing for communion with God in His tabernacle and possibly tells of a pilgrim’s journey to the Temple to celebrate one of the feasts. I think we could liken it to our journey in life and our ultimate goal: reaching heaven.
Just as it should be our desire, the psalmist’s desire and longing is to be in the presence of the living God. The pilgrim knows that there will be a place for him in the temple because if even birds are allowed to build their nests in the courtyards, as they do, how much more hope has the believing heart to find its home in the house of God!
In our journey of life we may experience struggles such as the pilgrim did when he passed through valleys and desert places like the dry, arid Valley of Baca. But we travel on trusting our Heavenly Father as he gives us strength daily and we can go from “strength to strength” knowing that each difficulty He helps us overcome will bring us spiritual renewal. The joy of the approaching arrival strengthens his soul.
At last the pilgrim reaches his destination, but nothing in his journey can be compared to the joy he experiences in the worship of God in His holy temple. And he is happy and blessed even to be just a doorkeeper in the house of God. We may not hold a position of importance in the church, or be a person of “renown” but we know that no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly!
Does the place you’re called to labor seem so small and little known?
It is great, if God is in it, and He’ll not forsake his own.
Are you laid aside from service, body worn from trial and care?
You can still be in the battle, in the secret place of care.
Little is much, when God is in it, labor not for wealth or fame;
There’s a crown and you can win it, If you’ll go in Jesus’ name.
Our destination: Heaven, thanks to the grace of God through Jesus.
Contributed by Regina Clay