“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 84, “How Amiable Are Thy Tabernacles”

Christian Living

“Brighter Day,” Kirk Franklin

Psalm 84 is one of the Psalms of Zion.  These Psalms Celebrate GOD’S PRESENCE In Jerusalem, The City Where HIS TEMPLE Was Built.  The Psalm was composed by the sons of Korah (Psalm 42; 44-49; 85; 87; 88).  Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary.

Sons of Korah (84:title)  A choir of Levites that king David appointed to serve in The Temple Worship.  These were descendants of Korah, who was the grandson of Levi, the head of one of The Twelve Tribes of Israel.  The Levites were responsible for The Temple Worship.  Korah got into a dispute with Moses and was eventually swallowed alive by the ground (Numbers 16:1-33).  Quest Study Bible.

 “How Amiable Are Thy Tabernacles,” Psalm 84:1) How Amiable Are Thy Tabernacles, O LORD Of HOSTS!  Hebrews 9:24, 24.  2) My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for The Courts Of The Lord:  my heart and my flesh crieth out for The Living God.  3) Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, Even Thine Altars, O Lord Of Hosts, my King, and my God.  4) Blessed Are They That Dwell In THY HOUSE:  they will be Still (Ever) Praising Thee.  Selah.  5) Blessed is the man whose strength is in Thee; in whose heart are the ways of Them (The Ways Of God) (or, set their hearts on pilgrimage).  6) Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well (valley of Weeping); the rain also filleth the pools.  7) They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, 2, Tabernacle is used here as a poetic term for The Temple that was built by Solomon.  The Living God:  All other “gods” are nonentities; But He Who Created The Universe, Who Chose Israel As HIS People, And Who Provided Salvation For The World Lives For Ever In Great Glory.  v3, 4, sparrow … swallow:  By describing the approach of birds to the Courtyards of The Temple, the psalmist expresses his own great Joy.  v5-7, The phrase whose heart is set on pilgrimage (or, in whose heart  are the ways of them (The Ways Of God)) refers to those that make their way to The Temple not out of obligation, but out of a wellspring of Joy.  The Valley of Baca, or “Valley of Weeping,” refers to the various difficulties that one might face on pilgrimage.  The person on the pilgrimage might discover that the once-dark valley is filled with springs, rain, and pools—all Signs Of God’s Blessing.  strength to strength:  As one nears The Temple, the rigors of the journey become tolerable, for the Joy of The Approaching Arrival Strengthens The Soul.

 Quest Study Bible –  v1, “Where Does God Live?”  See “Where Does God Live?”  (Micah 1:3).  v2, “Why was the psalmist so homesick for The Temple?”  The writer was probably someone that normally served in The Temple but was prevented from doing so for some reason.  Perhaps the Psalm was written when Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, was threatening The Temple in Jerusalem.  Or it might refer to being in captivity in another country.  v6, “Valley of Baca,”  The meaning is uncertain.  It may refer to a valley of balsam trees that grow in dry areas.  Or it might be an imaginary valley full of dryness and sorrow.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-7, The Ordinances Of GOD Are The Believer’s Solace In This Evil World; In Them he enjoys The Presence Of The Living GOD:  this causes him to regret his absence from Them.  They are to his soul as the nest to the bird.  Yet They Are Only An Ernest (Example) Of The Happiness Of Heaven; but how can men desire to enter that Holy Habitation, who complain of Divine Ordinances as wearisome?  Those are truly happy, who go forth, and go in the exercise of Religion, In The Strength Of Jesus Christ, From Whom All our Sufficiency Is.  The pilgrims (going) to The Heavenly City may have to pass through many a valley of weeping, and many a thirsty desert; But Wells Of Salvation Shall Be Opened For Them, And Consolations Sent For Their Support.  Those That Press Forward In Their Christian Course, Shall Find GOD Add(ing) More) Grace To Their Graces.  And Those That Grow In Grace, Shall Be Perfect In Glory.  Amen.  


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