(12 verses, 1:00 to read)
What I am about to READ
- This is a beautiful Psalm written from someone separated from the Lord’s sanctuary and who longs to be in the presence of God. They know His dwelling makes them righteous, blessed, gives them strength and brings them joy.
- 1-2: A sermon on God’s dwelling and a lovely, yet painful, proclamation of longing to be in His presence.
- 3-4: The pain of longing is answered by being in God’s presence now.
- 5-7: Blessings from God’s presence in Zion and encouragement for those who travel through this vale of tears (translation of Valley of Baca) until they have fully reached Zion.
- 8-9: Appeal to God to hear their prayer, not from their merit or worthiness, but for the sake of their Shield and His Anointed.
- 10-12: Comparing a lowly place before God and a honorable place amongst the wicked and proclaiming God’s goodness and gifts.
- Vs. 1 helps teaches us the true beauty of our Lord Jesus Christ, His incarnation, and His promise to be “with us until the end of the age” through His Word and Sacraments.
- Vs. 7-9 teaches us the blessings that come, not specifically from seeing God, but rather being seen by God as He looks upon us through Jesus, God’s anointed and the one “greater than the temple” (Matthew 12:6)
- Dear Lord, I confess my unworthiness, my weakness, and my sin “which clings so closely (Hebrews 12:1).” My strength lies not in myself, my works, my family, or my world. Thank you for your precious promise of blessings for “those whose strength is in you,” and keep me ever longing for Your Word and Your presence in Your Son’s holy body and holy blood.
- You are more than a doorkeeper in the house of God. Jesus calls you “friends” of the King and Judge (John 15:14).
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC