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Psalm 84 – Yearning for connection

October 20, 2005

V.2 seems set the tone of this psalm, where the Psalmist is yearning, even fainting for the courts of the Lord. As I was thinking about this it occurred to me that he was actually yearning to connect with God which comes out in the second half of the verse, “my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God”. I suspect his preferred spiritual pathway (see post about Psalm 57) is public worship (through singing, music etc.). This is easy for me to identify with because I too like to connect with God this way. But it got me wondering how those who prefer other ways of connecting with God experience this yearning? Actually I thought it may be easier for someone who prefers to connect with God through study or nature or solitude, since these pathways don’t need other people quite as much.

v.10 I remember reading this verse when I was quite a young Christian and thinking, yes I don’t mind how humble a place I have as long as it is in God’s kingdom.

V.11 Sometime I think we disqualify ourselves for the blessing of this verse by saying but my walk isn’t blameless. But Christians are in Christ and Christ is blameless. God wants to give us good things, let’s be open to His blessings.

During this next week I’ll be looking at Psalm 90. I’ll post about it next Thursday

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

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4 thoughts on “Psalm 84 – Yearning for connection”

  1. I think I prefer to connect with God on my own. I feel free-er to do so then, however I wish to express myself. But it’s not necessarily easier. For starters there are similar motive issues, and distractions. I like quiet. And its nice to be surrounded by nature–whether it’s sitting outside on a sunshiney day or in side listening to the rain pelt down. Just because I bring myself into the circumstances I best connect with God, doesn’t mean it instantly happens. It’s a heart issue and if we are really yearning. But it probably is easier to be alone than be with a whole bunch of people. And then…we can find God in all sorts of places and circumstances.

  2. I think I prefer to connect with God on my own. I feel free-er to do so then, however I wish to express myself. But it’s not necessarily easier. For starters there are similar motive issues, and distractions. I like quiet. And its nice to be surrounded by nature–whether it’s sitting outside on a sunshiney day or in side listening to the rain pelt down. Just because I bring myself into the circumstances I best connect with God, doesn’t mean it instantly happens. It’s a heart issue and if we are really yearning. But it probably is easier to be alone than be with a whole bunch of people. And then…we can find God in all sorts of places and circumstances.

  3. Besides, in King David’s day, the temple was “where God dwelt”. So I guess that was the obvious place to find Him and be with Him. though people did connect with God outside the temple.

  4. Besides, in King David’s day, the temple was “where God dwelt”. So I guess that was the obvious place to find Him and be with Him. though people did connect with God outside the temple.

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