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"True subjects love the courts of their King." - Charles Spurgeon
"Our whole nature demands the benefits which spring from the worship of God." - Barnes' Notes
In Psalm 84:1-2, David said - "How amiable are Thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God."
These are some very powerful words, aren't they? Have you ever felt this way?
Perhaps we should ask you this question - When was the last time that you experienced the Presence of the Lord? One thing about it - it is addicting. Once you have sensed it and have bathed in it for a time, you keep wanting to go back for more and more. Nothing in this entire world compares to its sensation.
If this has been your experience every time that you gather with the saints at church, prayer meeting, Bible Study, etc., then you can understand why David would use such "strong" terminology to express his feelings here.
"How amiable are Thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts..." - He found the place of God's worship to be beloved and much to be desired. It was lovely to his memory, mind, heart, eye, and whole soul. No site was as refreshing as this one. It was the gate of heaven and the house of God. It was the place where He commanded the blessing.
"My soul longeth..." - This expression indicates intense desire. He actually felt like he would faint or become pale and weak through his exhaustive desire or longing to meet with God in the place where He is worshipped.
"...even fainteth for the courts of the LORD..." - He felt as though he couldn't hold out much longer unless he saw his desire for God fulfilled.
"...my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God" - Here he says that his whole nature had entered into this longing for communion with God. His cry was not something soft and unutterable. Rather it was a loud wail.
In the midst of your pursuit for God, are you giving off a loud wail - indicating your longing for the Presence or Touch of God in your life?
Sad to say - so many people are satisfied with the smallest "measure" of God - or no "measure" at all. They are so content to fellowship in a church where His Presence is never recognized. You cannot feel Him, because He is simply not there. The worship is man-centered, and the preaching is man-inspired.
Oh, but where are the saints who are "screaming out" for the Presence of the Lord in their lives and in the assembly that they attend? Where are those who are not content to sense Him in their midst once a year...once a month...or once a week?
Who's running after Jesus today - feeling almost faint or weak with desire for Him?
What does being a Christian mean to you anyway? Is it all about you and receiving your blessings? Or is it about having the Presence of Jesus being manifested in your midst - so that both saint and sinner alike can set their focus on Him - and worship Him accordingly?
There is something remarkable that always happens when God shows up in our midst. In Psalm 43:3, David alluded to it when he said - "O send out Thy light and Thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto Thy holy hill, and to Thy tabernacles." God's lovingkindnesses or Favor and the faithfulness of His heart in the fulfillment of His Promises are both manifested. Hence, a restoration to lost or former privileges and blessings is made. Isn't that wonderful?
Our opening quote stated - "True subjects love the courts of their King." Do you?
The quote from the Barnes' Notes added - "Our whole nature demands the benefits which spring from the worship of God." Just how desperate are you for the Presence of the Lord in your midst?
Are you suffering from a "Holy Lovesickness" for your God?
What are your symptoms?
May God Bless His Word.