For the director of music. According to gittith. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.
Psa 84:1 How lovely are your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty!
The Christian equivalent is love for the fellowship, for it is the Christian community that forms God’s temple, 1 Cor 3:16; 6:19.
Psa 84:2 My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
The courts of God – but the attachment is not simply to a place, but to God himself.
Psa 84:3 Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young— a place near your altar, O LORD Almighty, my King and my God.
The soul longing for its spiritual home envies anyone or anything that has access to the beloved.
Psa 84:4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. Selah
Psa 84:5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.
Psa 84:6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.
Baca – ‘Place name meaning, “Balsam tree” or “weeping.” A valley in Psalm 84:6 which reflects a poetic play on words describing a person forced to go through a time of weeping who found God turned tears into a well, providing water.’ (Holman)
Psa 84:7 They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.
Psa 84:8 Hear my prayer, O LORD God Almighty; listen to me, O God of Jacob. Selah
Psa 84:9 Look upon our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one.
Psa 84:10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
I would rather be a doorkeeper… – The expression is actually in the form of a verb, thus carrying the meaning, ‘Better to stand at the threshold…’
Psa 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
Psa 84:12 O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.