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The strains of Psalm 84 are playing in my memory s I prepare for church this morning. Years ago someone set the first three verses to music and I sang “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place” in my Senior Recital. So I’m going to leave the music off a while longer and listen to the voices in my head sing that sacred classic for solo voice and piano. I’ll smile a little when I enjoy full choir and orchestra at church later, knowing I started the day with a “really old tune”.

Actually, no.

I started the day with thoughts of my Savior. And that’s how it should be with someone you love. Here’s the psalm:

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Psalm 84

For the choir director; on the Gittith. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

How lovely are Your dwelling places,
O Lord of hosts!
[2] My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord;
My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
[3] The bird also has found a house,
And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young,
Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts,
My King and my God.
[4] How blessed are those who dwell in Your house!
They are ever praising You.

Selah.

[5] How blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
In whose heart are the highways to Zion!
[6] Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring;
The early rain also covers it with blessings.
[7] They go from strength to strength,
Every one of them appears before God in Zion.

[8] O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
Give ear, O God of Jacob!

Selah.

[9] Behold our shield, O God,
And look upon the face of Your anointed.
[10] For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.
I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
[11] For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
[12] O Lord of hosts,
How blessed is the man who trusts in You!

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Don’t you just love that last line? “How blessed –how happy– is the man who trusts in You!”
That’s the truth!

Did you notice that verses 1 – 4 are about the house of worship
verses 5 – 7 are about the people of worship
8 – 11 talk about God and
12 is the conclusion of the matter?
A well-crafted lyric!

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