Longing for God

Psalm 84 is a companion psalm to 42 and 43 that we heard about last week. In all three psalms we see a yearning to be in the formal place of worship to God. As a pilgrim psalm, 84 would have been sung by the Korahites as they led worship. The psalmist longs to be in the presence of the Lord, to enter into the place where God dwells. His yearning for God is to dwell with Him, to be near Him. The nesting birds in the temple serve as a beautiful illustration of those who have privileged proximity to God in 84:1-4. God is the protector of the faithful. He is their sun and shield. For those who follow Him, their life will be marked with blessedness. This Psalm makes clear that faith begins with trusting in the Lord (84:11).