I love Psalm 84. It expresses so beautiful our longing for heaven and the presence of God.
I love how John Schultz put it....
It is love that makes a place lovely. It is the presence of God, which gives loveliness to a place.
He also points out that the term used here is for the Lord of hosts, an army.
God is the supreme commander of the greatest army in heaven and earth...To call upon God as our supreme commander also implies that we are part of His army, that we are on His side, and that we owe Him absolute obedience. We know that cause for which we stand. The man who sees himself in this position is blessed. The word “blessed” is also used three times in this Psalm.
ß Blessed are those who dwell in your house.
ß Blessed are those whose strength is in you.
ß LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.
If we see these three sentences in connection with God’s army, we may say that, dwelling in God’s house is tantamount to belonging to His battalion; having our strength in Him is equivalent to wearing His uniform, and trusting in Him means that we count, not because of what we are in ourselves, but because of our relationship with God’s army. In New Testament terms this means that we have taken up our position in Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2 covers so much, but this verse stood out to me...
10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
We are new creatures, we were bought with a price, we are not our own - and we should be very different from those around us. Are we?
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Psalms 87-88; 1 Peter 3