A Sweet Song – Psalm 84 Devotional

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. 


Psalm 84 is also the inspiration behind Matt Redman’s hit song, “Better is One Day,” a song I’m sure you’ve sung it in church once or twice. 😉

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.”

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