-Theme: Living in God’s presence continually. The blessed man is the one who dwells in the LORD’s House, finds his strength in God, and trusts in Him. God is the One who gives power, light, protection, grace, and glory (Psalm 84:7, 11).
-Historical Insight: This is a Psalm of the sons of Korah for the choir director on the Gittith. The sons of Korah were the Temple assistants who knew very well the confines of the LORD’s House. The writer longs to get away from the hectic world to meet God inside His dwelling place, a sanctuary and place of meditation with peace. The pilgrimage through the barren valley of Baca (baca- weeping) is probably symbolic since there is no specific valley that has ever been known to bear that particular name in the region. The symbolism represents the sorrow, struggles, tears, and pain that people experience on their journey back to God with His rich grace and healing.
-*Application* We often journey through difficulties on our way to God’s redemptive touch in our lives. Better is one day in His courts, which last forever, than a thousand elsewhere. This should cause us to see the eternal in spite of the temporary pleasures of this world. The real euphoria comes with abiding in the King, and He withholds no good thing from those who walk in His righteousness, forgiven and set free from sin. This only can happen through trusting in Him to save. Be the blessed man!
Verses to Memorize: Psalm 84:11-12