The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan
Saturday, April 15, 2023
Joshua 11:1-12:24, Luke 17:11-37, Psalm 84:1-12, Proverbs 13:5-6
by Torrie Slaughter
Psalm 84 is a beautiful song of longing for God’s presence and a desire to worship Him. It is a psalm that expresses the writer’s deep longing for the courts of the Lord and the joy of being in His presence. The psalmist writes, “My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God” (Psalm 84:2).
The writer describes the beauty of the temple and how blessed are those who dwell in it, for they are continually praising God. He writes, “Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise!” (Psalm 84:4). The psalmist’s desire for worship is not just a desire for an experience, but a desire to be in God’s presence, to dwell in the house of the Lord and to be close to Him.
The psalmist also recognizes the blessings that come from being in God’s presence. He writes, “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” (Psalm 84:10). Being in God’s presence brings a joy and peace that cannot be found anywhere else.
As believers, we too should have a deep desire to worship God and be in His presence.
Our longing should not just be for the experience of worship, but for a deeper connection with God. We should strive to be in His presence continually, seeking after Him in prayer, reading His Word, and worshiping Him with all our hearts.
In Psalm 84, we see the psalmist’s desire to be in God’s presence and to worship Him. We see his recognition of the blessings that come from being close to God. As we read and meditate on this psalm, let us be inspired to deepen our own desire for worship and our longing for God’s presence. May we seek after Him with all our hearts and find joy and peace in His presence.
I’ve often heard the phrase that worship is our warfare. But I caution you dear believers that you must remember that worship is also our intimacy with God. Worship is intimacy with Jesus. It is what got Satan kicked out of Heaven he knew he was going to have to serve and worship Jesus and he grew jealous. His envy and desire to seize autonomy and have others worship him is the evil and why God cast him down falling like a bolt of lightening.
Lord I pray in your mighty name right now that we never allow the battles that belong to you become our sole focus and forget to worship you with our whole hearts. Let us become undone in worship of you Heavenly father that we shake loose pride, fear, arrogance, and any other thing that is not of you. Lord create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit so that our worship is pleasing to you. You are the giver of immortal gladness driving the darkness of sin and doubt away. Help us maintain a healthy attitude and a humble posture so that all that we are worships you.
In Jesus Name I Pray Amen
Torrie is a media ministry consultant who works with churches and faith driven organizations to build their ministry team. She is the Blueprint Specialist uncovering root problems to construct solutions. Want to hear more? Tune in and listen to A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional a podcast by Our Given Purpose and Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast. Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name.