You’ve heard the expression, ‘Can’t see the forest for the trees.’ What does it mean? It’s an expression used of someone who is too involved in the details of a problem to look at the situation as a whole.
If you were to word it in a spiritual way one might say, ‘can’t see the blessings for the burdens.’ It is our challenge as God fearing Christian people to not get so lost in the burdens that we don’t see the blessings.
Why do I say this? It is because we all experience trials, troubles and tribulations! Our lives are filled with so much stuff clothed in troubles we can’t see the gifts God sends our way.
It’s been said you can look down every aisle and on every pew of the church and there you will find someone going through their trials, their tribulations, and their temptations.
Psalm 84 describes the journey of a lone person experiencing the trials and troubles of life.
“Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings.” Psalms 84:6 NASB
I. Blessed in His House. 1-4
“How lovely are Your dwelling places, O LORD of hosts! My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. The bird also has found a house, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts, My King and my God. How blessed are those who dwell in Your house! They are ever praising You. Selah.” Psalms 84:1-4 NASB
Amiable = lovely=dear (1)
Fainteth=yearn=pine=to long for (2). It was a loud cry for the House of the Lord.
House=home=place of pleasant hospitality. (3)
Why is he blessed in the house? He found Shelter
II. Blessed in his Heart. 5-8
“How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to Zion! Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings. They go from strength to strength, Every one of them appears before God in Zion. O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah.” Psalms 84:5-8 NASB
Happy takes on a new direction in verse (5). This passage moves from shelter to strength.
Baca=weeping=they make it a place of springs. The tears of those who have gone on before have found a resting place where their tears have created a spring of refreshing. (6)
Strength to strength=faith to faith. The exercise of our faith produces more faith. (7)
God may choose to send the rain. Refreshing rain for a lonely pilgrim. (8)
Why is he blesses in his heart? He found Strength.
III. Blessed in His Haven. 9-11
“Behold our shield, O God, And look upon the face of Your anointed. For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Psalms 84:9-11 NASB
The pilgrim calls attention to a new focus – the anointed (9)
This pilgrim is anointed and declares his desire to be in church! (10)
Sun/shield=all that is positive/protective (11)
No good thing withheld=all good and perfect gifts comes down from the Father of light.
Why is he blessed in the haven? He found a Sanctuary!
IV. Blessed in His Holiness. 12
“O LORD of hosts, How blessed is the man who trusts in You!” Psalms 84:12 NASB
Why is he blessed in the holiness? He found the Savior!
It is our challenge as God fearing Christian people to not get so lost in the burdens that we don’t see the blessings.
Until next time,