Summary: How do you respond to those times in your life when you are in a desert valley.
THE VALLEY OF B. A. C. A.
How lovely is Your tabernacle,O LORD of hosts! 2 My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the LORD;My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
3 Even the sparrow has found a home,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. 4 Blessed are those who dwell in Your house;They will still be praising You.Selah
5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,Whose heart is set on pilgrimage. 6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca,They make it a spring;The rain also covers it with pools. 7 They go from strength to strength;Each one appears before God in Zion.
8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;Give ear, O God of Jacob!Selah 9 O God, behold our shield,And look upon the face of Your anointed.
10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness. 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;The LORD will give grace and glory;No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.
12 O LORD of hosts,Blessed is the man who trusts in You! NKJV
BA’CA (ba’ka; "balsam tree" or "weeping"). An unidentified valley in Palestine (Ps 84:6). It was possibly an imaginary poetical name, not intended to describe an actual location but to stand for any experience of drought (cf. Arab. baka’a, "to be sparsely watered") in contrast to a well-watered experience ( "who passing through the valley of Baca, make it a well," KJV, italics added); or it may refer to an experience of "weeping" with a play upon the Heb. word baka ( "to weep"). If it actually refers to a place, it was likely so named from the balsam trees in it, which exude a tearlike gum (cf. the valley of Rephaim, 2 Sam 5:22-23, where such trees were found).
(From The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary. Originally published by Moody Press of Chicago, Illinois. Copyright (c) 1988.)
As the valley of Baca represents a valley of drought spiritually and dejection, where the only water is that of "tears," so the pilgrim’s "making it a well" (by having "his strength in Jehovah") symbolizes ever flowing comfort and salvation...
13 Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life."
David, to whom Ps 84 refers, passed through such a valley of drought and tears when, fleeing from Absalom, he went up mount Olivet weeping as he went.
(from Fausset’s Bible Dictionary, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1998 by Biblesoft)
A picturesque expression for the experiences of those whose strength is in Yahweh, and who through His grace find their sorrows changed into blessings.
(from International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Electronic Database Copyright (c)1996 by Biblesoft)
This Psalm begins with the LONGING for God’s house. How he loves to be in God’s House! His heart, soul, and flesh cries our for the Living Lord.