“How Blessed Are Those Who Dwell In Your House”
Are you rejoicing in the Lord?
Are you dwelling in the Presence of His joy?
Do you live in His dwelling place?
Read the Word of the the Lord from the sons of Korah…
For the choir director;
on the Gittith.
A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
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.
This is the beginning of a Psalm written by the sons of Korah.
It was sent to the choir director, therefore likely intended to be sung.
The Gittith is believed to be a stringed instrument.
So, an instrumental Psalm accompanied by a string instrument.
The declaration from the beginning is a statement of the loveliness of the dwelling places of the Lord of hosts!
The Psalmist’s soul longs and yearned for the courts of the Lord, for His Presence.
The Psalmist’s heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.
Even as the bird and swallow find rest and shelter in their places, our place of rest and shelter is in the joy of the Lord.
We are to dwell in His house.
We are to dwell in His Presence.
We are to live in His joy.
We are to praise Him.
“Shout For Joy”
Shout for joy unto the Lord!
In all situations?
In all circumstances?
I will also praise You with a harp,
Even Your truth, O my God;
To You I will sing praises with the lyre,
O Holy One of Israel.
My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You;
And my soul, which You have redeemed.
My tongue also will utter Your righteousness all day long;
For they are ashamed, for they are humiliated who seek my hurt.
Praise the Truth of the Lord.
Sing unto the Holy One.
Allow your redeemed soul to shout for joy and sing praises.
Utter the righteousness of the Lord all day long.
Such will send the enemy fleeing.
Shame and humiliation will come upon those who seek our hurt.
Joyfully rest in the Lord!
“My Exceeding Joy”
The joy of the Lord.
The joy of the Lord can be had by all believers, even in the most difficult of times.
Hear the Word of King David…
Vindicate me, O God, and plead my case against an ungodly nation;
O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!
For You are the God of my strength; why have You rejected me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me;
Let them bring me to Your holy hill
And to Your dwelling places.
Then I will go to the altar of God,
To God my exceeding joy;
And upon the lyre I shall praise You, O God, my God.
Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why are you disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.
David needed deliverance.
David desired vindication.
David knew that the Lord was his strength, yet David felt abandoned.
David cried for the Lord to send His Light and His truth to lead him.
David desired to go to the altar of God to praise Him.
David called God “my exceeding joy”…literally means “the gladness of my joy”.
Is the Lord God our exceeding joy…at all times?
Do what David did.
Examine yourself, honestly.
Hope in God.
The Lord will lift up your countenance.
“Sons of God Shouted for Joy"
The Lord has a family
A family consisting of divine beings.
A family consisting of human beings.
Both can express joy.
A portion of the divine beings did so at creation…
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding,
Who set its measurements? Since you know.
Or who stretched the line on it?
“On what were its bases sunk?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
When the morning stars sang together
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
When the foundation of the earth was laid…
The morning stars sang together.
The sons of God shouted for joy!
In the unseen realm of divine beings.
In the seen realm of human beings.