Psalms 84–86: Threshold & Tents

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 29: Wednesday

For a day in Your courts is better
than a thousand
I would rather stand at the threshold of the house
of my God

Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Psalm 84:10

Wednesday’s Bible reading is Psalms 84–86. The variety of these three psalms are an example of the way in which the book of Psalms gives a voice to our heart in all of the circumstances of our lives. There is praise and prayer in Psalm 84. There is prayer for mercy and restoration, and an affirmation of God’s goodness in Psalm 85. In Psalm 86, David cries out to God for help in his affliction and great need.

The Psalms sustain and increase our faith because we find here those who speak with a transparent authenticity about life and who all on God.  There are times of praise and thanksgiving to God and there are desperate calls for help and agonized questions of how long, God, must I suffer.

The Psalms are God’s Word—that means these are psalms God gave to us to help us. When we are in the midst of the same realities—however joyful or however horrible—the Psalms bring us to God. The psalmists knew God—that’s why they would rather stand at His threshold than dwell in wickedness’s tents

“Teach me Your way, O LORD;
I will walk in Your truth;
Unite my heart to fear Your name.”
Psalm 86:11

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Original content: Copyright ©2011 Iwana Carpenter

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