12/10 Psalm 84:1-12 Praise God’s Kingdom/God’s Dwelling Place
To the Chief Musician. On an instrument of Gath.A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
（Memorization Scripture: vv. 1-4）
1 How lovely is Your tabernacle,
O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, yes, even faints
For the courts of the Lord;
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
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 and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in Your house;
They will still be praising You. Selah
5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
They make it a spring;
The rain also covers it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength;
Each one appears before God in Zion.
8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
9 O God, behold our shield,
And look upon the face of Your anointed.
10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
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.
12 O Lord of hosts,
Blessed is the man who trusts in You!
Christians love to sing this precious psalm that speaks being in God’s presence. However it was written by the descendents of people (the sons of Korah) who once were far from God. This is a powerful testimony to God’s amazing grace. Through all of the shame and sorrow they experienced and through God’s chastening, the Korahites learned to respond and serve God in a new, positive way. They found the presence of God so precious that they could sincerely proclaim to God, “For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.” (v. 10)
They came before God with such a humble attitude. Acknowledging their lowly state by comparing themselves with sparrows and swallows. They gave thanks because such a mighty and holy God would allow sparrows and swallows to make a home in His holy altar. It is this that leads the psalmist to burst forth in praise, “Blessed are those who dwell in Your house”. (v. 4)
May we too, so eagerly long to be in His presence. How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints. For the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. (vv.1-2)
12/10 詩篇84:1-12 讚美 神的國/ 神的居所
3 萬軍之耶和華，我的王、我的 神啊，
8 耶和華萬軍之 神啊，求祢聽我的禱告！
11 因為耶和華 神是日頭，是盾牌，
這首流傳千古的詩歌，卻是由一群曾經背叛 神的人留下的後裔而寫的，他們被稱為可拉的後裔，這個名字本身就是在見證 神的恩典。在經過許多的羞辱、痛苦和 神的管教之後，他們學習用一個全新的、更積極的態度來回應 神、事奉 神！他們在乎 神的同在，因此向 神宣告說：「在祢的院宇住一日，勝似在別處住千日；寧可在我 神殿中看門，不願住在惡人的帳棚裡。」
他們帶著一個謙卑的態度來到 神的面前，用麻雀、燕子來比喻自己的渺小、沒有價值；同時也在這裏向 神感恩 - 這麽偉大聖潔的 神，居然允許渺小的麻雀、燕子來到祂聖潔的祭壇那裡築窩居住！因此，詩人忍不住在那裡稱頌 神說：「如此住在祢殿中的，便為有福，他們仍要讚美祢！」。
盼望今天我們也同樣強烈地渴慕 神的同在！萬軍之耶和華啊，祢的居所何等可愛！我羨慕渴想耶和華的院宇，我的心腸、我的肉體向永生 神呼籲！