Summer of Psalms | Part 4

Pastor Chris jumps back into our Summer of Psalms Series with Part 4 from chapter 84 of Psalms. This chapter from the 3rd book in Psalms is an incredible reminder of life and do we have the correct perspective of the future. Does that perspective change who we are and how we act now in life?

From the author talking about the incredible dwelling place that is the Lords to the desire to be close to the Lord’s altar, we come to the conclusion there is no better place to be that in the presence of God. Because the altar is where God makes alterations. If you want God to change you, to move, to made you bette, you have to be near Him and He is at the altar. The bible makes amazing promises and one of those is that as we draw near to God, He draws near to us. Near the altar is near and dear to God’s heart.

What does this look like? There are a few key elements of staying at the Lord’s Altar. First is reading His word. Taking the time to read sometimes until God speaks. To not settle for just a verse of the day, or a few verses or even a chapter. There are times we need to just read and go deep in Scripture. This also included prayer. A lot of prayer. Praying until God speaks or moved. Staying at the Altar talking with Him and trusting that He is listening.

Another key element of staying at the Altar comes from verse 4, “Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; they are ever praising You.” How much do we just dwell in His house? To spend time praising God? Without worship, our relationship with God would not be the same. It would be like muting the music score of soundtrack during the epic Hollywood movie scene. Just not the same without the music. It is such a key element to our relationship with God. We need to put our praise on repeat!

Finally Psalm 84:10 reminds us, “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.” Do we really believe this? Do we really believe that just 1 day in the presence of God in His house is better than 1,000 elsewhere? Or have we forgotten? Does the future promise of Heaven effect or altar how we live our lives here and now? And as a result we spend time at His Altar?

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