Summary: The prayer-answering God gives grace and glory in Jesus' Name.


Psalm 84:8-12.

The Psalmist’s second “Selah” separates between two prayer petitions. The first is that the “LORD God of hosts… the God of Jacob” would “hear” his prayer, and “give ear” (Psalm 84:8). The Psalmist is in no doubt that our God is a prayer hearing, prayer answering God. "Selah." Think on this!

Then he prays, “Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed” (Psalm 84:9). Now David was God’s anointed, and if he was the author of this Psalm then he was praying for himself. But the ultimate ‘Anointed One’ is Jesus, great David’s greater Son, and Christian people are anointed in Him. When we pray, ‘in Jesus’ Name,’ we are asking the Father to behold us only inasmuch as we are found in Him.

“For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand” (Psalm 84:10). The superscription of this Psalm includes the words, “to the sons of Korah.” This particular clan were “doorkeepers in the house of God” (Psalm 84:10). This is a time-honoured and honourable job, and much to be preferred than “dwelling in the tents of wickedness.”

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11). In the words of John Newton’s ‘Amazing Grace’: ‘It is ‘grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will bring me home.’ Not only to the earthly tabernacle or Temple, but to the heavenly glory.

No wonder the Psalmist can conclude with one final beatitude (cf. the two around the first “Selah”, Psalm 84:4-5). “O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in thee” (Psalm 84:12).

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