THE PRIORITY is worshipping God personally and corporately–[Psalm 84:5-7] 5 How blessed [happy] is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to Zion! 6 Passing through the valley of Baca [weeping] they make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings. 7 They go from strength to strength [growing as they worship], Every one of them appears before God in Zion.
v.5 How blessed [happy] is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to Zion!
“happy” refers to more than a superficial sense of pleasure regarding one’s general circumstances. It points to a deep fellowship with God—a confident sense of being right with Him and in His care—that produces joy whether one’s general circumstances are pleasant or difficult.
“the man,” represents the many who decided to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem then and to walk daily with Christ now.
“whose strength is in You,” The Lord provided the strength and provision to make the trips to Jerusalem in 700 BC. Their were three major feasts for which all males of Israel were required to travel to the temple in Jerusalem— Unleavened Bread, Pentecost and Tabernacles or Booths. The first feast probably was 8 days including Passover, Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits. Pentecost was one day and Tabernacles 7 days. With travel this was 22 to 28 Days a year away from home. Feasts of the Lord.
Today, Jesus blesses and gives us the strength to love God and others, walk in all His ways, keep His commandments, remain faithful to Him and serve Him with all our heart and soul.
v.6 Passing through the valley of Baca [weeping] they make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings.
“valley of Baca [weeping]”– Baca could refer to a difficult dry valley to be traversed on the way to Jerusalem that was turned into a spring by the strength of God. These trips were made through walking over difficult terrain. Reminds me of the trip Naomi and Ruth made back to Bethlehem. The valley of weeping or dryness is covered with the blessing of pools of rainwater in the spring.
Today our times of weeping and dryness can be turned into glorious inexpressible joy through our faith that comes from God’s word in our hearts and His grace.
v.7 They go from strength to strength , Every one of them appears before God in Zion.
As the Jews approach Jerusalem their strength increases and every one worships before God in Jerusalem 3 times a year.
For us today we grow in strength as we worship God corporately at church and daily through bible study, meditation, application and prayer we will come closer to God’s goal for us, the image of Jesus.
Someday we will appear before Jesus in heaven after the rapture and our resurrected bodies will be like the body of Jesus. [1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 John 3:2] Then after the 2nd coming and millennium we will be home forever in the new heavens and earth with Jesus. There will be no pain and no tears, only glorious inexpressible joy at the presence of God and our fellow saints of God.
Henry Luke 7/3/2017
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