Nov. 5. Glories in God’s Land; Psalm of Ascent

Ps. 84:1-85:13; 87:1-7; 122:1-9

At that point in Israel’s history, life had greatly improved. The exiles who had remained in Babylon were doing well under Ahasuerus and Mordecai and those in Jerusalem had rebuilt the temple and were once again close to God. Although the dates of writing are unknown, these psalms picture the beauty of being in a right relationship with God.

The psalmist longed to be in the presence of God in His house. As the birds find refuge in their nests, man finds refuge and safety with God. He stated that being merely a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord is better than all of the imagined joys of dwelling with the wicked. “Blessed is the man who trusts in You!”

Israel had been brought back from captivity. The psalmist prayed for a revival of his people to the Lord. One may be forgiven by God, but still feel guilt for past iniquities. His anger ceases and His mercy covers those sins when one repents and continues walking with Him. He supplies our needs.

Zion/Jerusalem was the city of God. He dwelt in His temple in that city. What could be more glorious that to be in His presence in that place? Those whose physical birth was in Jerusalem were special, but those born in spiritual Zion, the church are promised a more glorious reward.

This psalm may have been written with the memory of David’s desire to build the temple in mind. Since he had been prohibited from building the house of God, one can imagine his delight in the people’s returning from exile and being able to again “go into the house of the Lord.” That should be the desire of Christians today as they assemble as His house, the church to worship our God. Much of this psalm is devoted to praise, devotion and prayer for their beloved Jerusalem. Even though he had been dead many years, the city continued to be called the “City of David” and “House of David.”