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A Sermon on Psalms 84:1-12

My Soul Longs for the Courts of the LORD

To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

How lovely is your dwelling place,
O LORD of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, faints
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.


Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O LORD of hosts,
my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
ever singing your praise! Selah


Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
As they go through the Valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
each one appears before God in Zion.


O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
Behold our shield, O God;
look on the face of your anointed!


For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
O LORD of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in you! (ESV)

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It is in the realm of preliminary considerations that we all instinctively go astray. The false outworking of faith is the result of this faulty foundation. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones continues a consideration of these preliminary considerations of utmost importance as answered by the psalmist in Psalm 84. First, through a brief discussion of what true religion is, then an evaluation of what the final authority of faith is. With faith, there must be a leaving and a taking up, a denial and a following. Today, people are wanting the benefits of religion, but in their own way. Find out the relationship between a faith that works and a faith that is built on truth. Are these two interchangeable? If you have a faith that works, does that determine it's trueness? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones directly addresses this issue and reminds his listeners that religion should most certainly be practical. False peace will let you down when you need it most, but the truth and promises of God are certain because of the character of God that they derive from. If you want the blessings, you must accept the truths. To get God's peace, you must take His wrath against sin and come to the altar in Christ.


Additional Scripture Translations

Psalms 84:1-12, New American Standard Bible

PSALM 84

Longing for the Temple Worship.

For the music director; on the Gittith. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

1How lovely are Your dwelling places,

Lord of armies!

2My soul longed and even yearned for the courtyards of the Lord;

My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.

3The bird also has found a house,

And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may put her young:

Your altars, Lord of armies,

My King and my God.

4Blessed are those who dwell in Your house!

They are ever praising You. Selah

5Blessed is the person whose strength is in You,

In whose heart are the roads to Zion!

6Passing through the Valley of Baca they make it a spring;

The early rain also covers it with blessings.

7They go from strength to strength,

Every one of them appears before God in Zion.

8Lord God of armies, hear my prayer;

Listen, God of Jacob! Selah

9See our shield, God,

And look at the face of Your anointed.

10For a day in Your courtyards is better than a thousand elsewhere.

I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God

Than live in the tents of wickedness.

11For the Lord God is a sun and shield;

The Lord gives grace and glory;

He withholds no good thing from those who walk with integrity.

12Lord of armies,

Blessed is the person who trusts in You!

Psalms 84:1-12, King James Version

To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.

1How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!

2My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

3Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God.

4Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

5Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

6Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.

7They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

8O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.

9Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.

10For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

11For 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.

12O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.


About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.