Today From Psalms
As we become acquainted with other believers in Christ, we become amazed at the differences in their outlook on life. Some see all things as hopeless. Others only complain. Some are critical about everyone and everything. But there are those who lift your spirit because they are always quick to praise the Lord. It is not that this person does not have trials to deal with. It is not that everything in their life is perfect. It is a choice they have made to praise the Lord.
How are these people capable of giving praise at all times to the Lord, even in trying circumstances? “Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee.” (Psalm 84:4)
The phrase “dwell in thy house” means that this person lives in the presence of God at all times. This was the desire of the writer of this psalm. “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.” (Psalm 84:1-2)
How can dwelling in God’s presence enable us to praise God at all times? Dwelling in the presence of God we become so focused on Him that all other issues of life are seen in the light of His glory. As we dwell in the presence of the Lord, then we see Him as “my King, and my God.”
He is “my King,” to Him alone do I surrender my life. He is “my God,” to Him only do I render worship.
God is a spirit, we are flesh. How then do we dwell in His presence? First, by realizing the great truth that God is everywhere present. Second, by immersing myself in His Word daily. It is in the Bible that God reveals Himself to us. Third, by entering daily into His presence through prayer.
When a person is doing this, then what we read in Psalm 84:4 will be true of them. “Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee.”