Posted By Nan

Psalm 84 especially 10-11.

I am continuing to explore what we can do when we find ourselves in those wilderness times when life seems so hopeless. Today I want to explore Psalm 84.
I was drawn to Psalm 84 today after thinking and praying about a beautiful woman I knew years ago. She had great faith in God but was going through a time of terrible depression. Her path lead through endless dark places. Eventually the darkness overwhelmed her and she sadly took her own life.
It was what to do about this darkness that led me to be directed to Psalm 84. I know from being in my own dark places that nothing is so bad that God is not greater still. But not all people are able to find that truth.
I am not saying that my dear friend failed because she couldn’t see that truth. But I am saying it is possible to find that truth. And we need to watch out for each other, especially those we know are struggling.
As I read this psalm, I was reminded of some beautiful songs based on it that have been written.
One of my favourite ones, that is based on more than just Psalm 84 is Under the Shadow of Your Wings by Chris Bowater. (Link to video on YouTube is below). The reference to Psalm 84 is in the middle of the song when the words repeat those of this blog’s heading (v10). The words of faith and praise in this song are wonderful and I never cease to be lifted up by them, no matter how low I feel.

In The Message, Psalm 84 has been beautifully written. The most inspiring excerpt starts at verse 5:

“And how blessed all those in whom you live, whose lives become roads you travel; they wind through lonesome valleys, come upon brooks, discover cool springs and pools brimming with rain! God-travelled, these roads curve up the mountain, and at the last turn – Zion! God in full view!”

That is so beautiful.
Our lives become the roads we travel. We wind through lonely places and beautiful places and at the end we see God.
I am going to close this blog with verse 11 (NIV). A reminder that God is our sun and He is our shield. We walk through difficult, lonely places in our lives. Life is not always a happy, pleasant place. We often get so caught up in the sadness we forget our joy. We live our lives in the shadow of His wings and we eventually come to realise that it is better to have one day in the presence of God than a thousand in any other place. Of course we will have more than one day in God’s presence. But it is worth realising the value of that eternity by considering how much one day in His presence is worth compared to other places we might be.

If you are going through a dark time now, or sometime in the future, remember that, no matter how bleak things seem, there is hope and a way out ...

For the Lord God is your sun and shield.

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