Psalm 84: Joy of Worship

What are the comforts of church?

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Psalm 84:1–3 To the minister of music, a song for the people of Korah.
Lord Almighty, your Tabernacle is so wonderful. I long to enter your courts, where my whole being cries out to the living God in worship.
Like the sparrow finds a home and the swallow makes a nest for herself and her young, so are your altars, Lord God Almighty, my King.
King James
Psalm 84:1–3 <To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.> How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. 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.

What might be uncomfortable about church?

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Psalm 84:1–3 To the minister of music, a song for the people of Korah.
Lord Almighty, your Tabernacle is so wonderful. I long to enter your courts, where my whole being cries out to the living God in worship.
Like the sparrow finds a home and the swallow makes a nest for herself and her young, so are your altars, Lord God Almighty, my King.
King James
Psalm 84:1–3 <To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.> How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. 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.

What is the meaning of “God’s house”? How do we live there?

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Psalm 84:4 Those who live in your house are blessed as they sing your praises. Pause to meditate on that.
King James
Psalm 84:4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

How are we blessed by forsaking our ways to do what God wants?

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Psalm 84:5–6 When their deep desire is to follow your ways and depend on you for strength, they are blessed. As they walk through the valley of Baca, the springs flow freely, and the early rain fills the pools.
King James
Psalm 84:5–6 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.

Why would gathering in Jerusalem have a positive effect on people’s strength?

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Psalm 84:7 The people go from strength to strength as they gather in Jerusalem.
King James
Psalm 84:7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

What does meditation have to do with prayer?

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Psalm 84:8 Lord God Almighty, hear my prayer. Listen to me, God of Jacob. Pause to meditate on that.
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Psalm 84:8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.

If God is our shield, why are Christians vulnerable?

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Psalm 84:8 Lord God Almighty, hear my prayer. Listen to me, God of Jacob. Pause to meditate on that.
King James
Psalm 84:8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.

Aren’t God’s anointed also his favored? Of what value to the favored is asking God’s favor?

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Psalm 84:9 You are a shield, protecting your people. Look with favor upon your anointed one.
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Psalm 84:9 Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.

How does living in God’s presence compare to living without him?

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Psalm 84:10 One day in your presence is better than a thousand elsewhere. I’d rather be a servant in God’s house than live in the luxury of the wicked.
King James
Psalm 84:10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

Which is better, to serve or be served? Why?

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Psalm 84:10 One day in your presence is better than a thousand elsewhere. I’d rather be a servant in God’s house than live in the luxury of the wicked.
Matthew 20:25–26 So Jesus called them together. “You know that the most honored among the Gentiles exercise dominion over others. Great rulers command unquestioned service. But you will not be like kings. Your greatness will depend on how well you serve others.”
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Psalm 84:10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Matthew 20:25–26 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

How might what we think is good be different from what God knows is good?

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Psalm 84:11–12 The Lord God is a sun and shield, showing us kindness and honor. He will not withhold any good thing from those who do what is right.
Those who trust in the Lord Almighty are blessed.
King James
Psalm 84:11–12 For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.