I want to do something a little different with this Tuesday Talk… I want to pray my way through it with you.
Psalm 84 greatly ministered to my soul this morning and I desire that it do the same for you. Consequently, instead of providing a devotional thought, let’s apply this passage of Scripture to our lives through prayer. I wrote this prayer out in first-person so you could use it directly and build off of it in your prayer to the Lord. Without further ado, let’s begin!
1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, yes, faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
Father, I desire and long to experience the fullness of joy found in your presence. I want more of You—the living God—and I want to abide where you are! Thank you for abiding in me. Your Holy Spirit stirs my soul for more of you. Your Spirit guides my thoughts to dwell on You. Your Spirit leads me in the paths of righteousness for Your namesake—I will praise You for the abundant love and mercy shown to me! What I know of You captivates my soul. Though I truly know You, I do not fully know You. Jesus, I long for the day that I will see You face-to-face and know You more deeply, intimately, and abundantly.
3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
ever singing your praise! Selah
My great heavenly Father, in You I’ve found a place of rest! Father, I thank You for the privilege of being Your child. Jesus, I thank You for preparing a place in heaven where I may abide with You! Holy Spirit, I thank You for bearing witness to my soul that I am a child of God and granting me the ability to call God “Abba” (Father)! My soul finds rest and peace in You. You, and You alone, remove the restless anxiety I experience from sin, shame, and failure. The hope I have in You is that I will abide with You. Jesus, Your substitutionary death and resurrection purchased and secured my hope in You--YOU ARE WORTHY OF ALL PRAISE, HONOR, AND GLORY!
5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
6 As they go through the Valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength;
each one appears before God in Zion.
8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
God, You are my oasis in a dry and barren land. In a world marred and destroyed by sin, I find strength, vitality, vigor, and endurance in worship of You. Your Word illuminates my way so that I do not waste my strength on futile ambitions. Your Word feeds my soul and restores my strength. Your Word instructs my thoughts and prompts my speech. Your Holy Spirit comes alongside me, walks with me, and abides in me for Your glory and honor AND my good! You are the Great Shepherd. You are the Bread of Life! You are the Living Water. You are better, no… You are best! None compares to You. None can restore, empower, sustain, and energize like You. Your presence is powerful and restoring. Thank You, thank You, thank You for the abundant life I have in You!
9 Behold our shield, O God;
look on the face of your anointed!
10 For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
Father, nothing compares to You! The battles I face in life lead me to You, and You never fail me! You are my defender, my protector, the guardian of my soul, and the God of armies. From the cross You secured a victory that allowed me to approach Your throne with bold confidence. To be in Your presence is the greatest joy I know in life—please pardon me for my tendency to forget this. I’ve dwelt with the wicked. I’ve walked in places my feet don’t belong. I’ve tasted the spoils of sin and drank from the well of evil. I found only fear, despondency, and a lack of satisfaction. But in You there is abundant life and joy. In Your presence is instruction and protection. In Your presence is blessing and glorious honor. In Your presence dwells all that is good. I’ve tasted and seen, You are good! Please pardon my multiplied transgressions and allow me to walk uprightly with integrity for Your glory and honor.
12 O Lord of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in you!
Jesus, I trust in you! You are my great reward. You are the delight and desire of my soul. You bestow wondrous blessings and gifts to Your people. You are my heart’s desire—and You gave me the desire! Thank You for the privilege of salvation. Thank You for the blessing of sanctification. Thank You for Your continual, sustaining, and transforming abiding presence. Thank You for Love! You’ve blessed me beyond all imagination. You are my God—You are the One true God!
I love you and look forward to worshipping with you this Wednesday at 7pm!