O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man who trusts in You! - Psalm 84:12 NKJV
Blessed. I want to be blessed. Is that a selfish thought? I think that depends on the way we look at things. Being blessed by God requires acts of selflessness, not selfishness if we are to be blessed by God the way He wants to bless us. Psalm 84 speaks to me in a way that reminds me of how my proper focus will reap joy here on earth and eternal rewards in heaven. I am reminded here of the blessings a heart centered on the right things can bring in spite of whatever else is going on in my life. It makes me take inventory once again of what my heart is set on...really. How about you?
Take a look with me as I look at Psalm 84 and the benefits we can have from having our hearts "set" on the things God desires.
A heart set on pilgrimage...
Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage. (Ps 84:5 NKJV)
Our Christian life is a journey. The more we travel on its roads, the more we need God's strength, don't we? The longer we travel, the more reassurance we need that life is better with God than with anything else. The great thing is, the more we seek getting to know God better in all aspects of our journey, the more we will see of Him and the more He will bless us. How is your journey progressing? Is your heart set on a pilgrimage to know more of God?
A heart set on closeness...
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. (Ps 84:10 NKJV)
A doorkeeper at the temple was most likely standing outside in all of the elements of weather - the rain, the heat, etc. However, our psalmist states that he would rather be that doorkeeper close to God than sheltered in the tents of the wicked. How about you? I want to be close to God no matter what it demands of me. No material possessions and no amount of creature comforts ever compare to the warmth and peace I experience when I am walking with our God. If we make the effort to get to be with Him, we can have a relationship with God that surpasses even our most intimate earthly relationship. How was your time with God today?
A heart set on righteousness...
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. (Ps 84:11 NKJV)
To a heart set on righteousness, God will grant us grace, glory and good things. His face will shine upon us like the sun on a summer's day, warming our hearts as His shield protects us from the evil one. Oh, the blessings of living the way God intended us to live. I don't know about anyone else, but I'm glad that God promises us blessing for living righteous lives - trying to live uprightly in this day and age is not so easy all of the time. What should you change today to live a more "upright" life?
When we trust in God by keeping our hearts set on Him, He will indeed bless us as He has promised. I cling to those promises He has made for me. He will give us what we need, when He sees that we need it. It is in the waiting through our journey that we must trust in Him so that He will give us the strength to press on in our pilgrimage of getting to know Him better each and every day. We need to keep our hearts set on God.