Our Blessing and Hope


After last night’s farewell gathering at College Church, I am struck by the reality of Jesus Christ living in and expressed through his people. Reading Psalm 84:1-12 this morning, I recognize the blessing and hope that undergirds this reality. If you’ve ever wondered about the nature of Christian joy, here it is:

How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty!  2 My soul yearns, 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 have her young– a place near your altar, O LORD Almighty, my King and my God.  4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. Selah  5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.  6 As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.  7 They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.  8 Hear my prayer, O LORD God Almighty; listen to me, O God of Jacob. Selah  9 Look upon our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one.  10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.  11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.  12 O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.

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