Psalm 84 expresses the longing of a pilgrim or an outcast believer for sweet communion with God at the temple (as does Psalm 42). Faint with longing, the psalmist yearns “for the courts of the Lord” where faithful worshipers of all times and places are blessed and even birds find safe haven (st. 1). Just the thought of being in God’s presence invigorates those who are on pilgrimage to God’s holy place. Pleading to be restored to the temple – if only to a humble place of service (st. 2) – the psalmist confidently declares that God is gracious to those who trust and serve the Lord (st. 3).
Sing! A New Creation
This is one of the psalms of Zion in which the psalmist yearns for communion with God in his temple. A spoken New Testament interpretation that focuses on God’s people as his temple might well precede the singing of this Old Testament confession of faith.