Psalm 84 is a sweet song that describes a desire to worship God. The writer longs to bring God praise and to worship in God’s court.
“How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.” –Psalm 84:1-2
Charles Spurgeon describes Psalm 84 as,
“one of the choicest of the collection; it has a mild radiance about it, entitling it to be called The Pearl of Psalms. If the twenty-third be the most popular, the one-hundred-and-third the most joyful, the one-hundred-and-nineteenth the most deeply experimental, the fifty-first the most plaintive, this is one of the most sweet of the Psalms of peace.”
Dwelling in God’s presence is an all-encompassing experience and the ultimate source of peace.
- In God’s presence… there is no fear.
- In God’s presence… there is no anxiety.
- In God’s presence… there are no “what ifs”.
On earth, we get glimpses of what it will be like to one day spend eternity in the presence of the Lord, and I for one cannot wait for that day of unending peace.
The majority of the song is repeating the chorus:
“Better is one day in Your courts
Better is one day in Your house
Better is one day in Your courts
Than thousands elsewhere”
Psalm 84:10 says: “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.”