Psalm 84

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

We are temporarily suspending the audio portion of this study via the RichlySpeaking podcast. Here is today’s prayer, preceded by the text from the Contemporary English Version, copyright 1995, by the America Bible Society.

Lord God All-Powerful,
    your temple is so lovely!
Deep in my heart I long
    for your temple,
    and with all that I am
    I sing joyful songs to you.

Lord God All-Powerful,
    my King and my God,
sparrows find a home
    near your altars;
    swallows build nests there
    to raise their young.

You bless everyone
who lives in your house,
    and they sing your praises.
You bless all who depend
    on you for their strength
    and all who deeply desire
    to visit your temple.
When they reach Dry Valley,
    springs start flowing,
    and the autumn rain fills it
    with pools of water.
Your people grow stronger,
    and you, the God of gods,
    will be seen in Zion.

Lord God All-Powerful,
the God of Jacob,
    please answer my prayer!
You are the shield
    that protects your people,
    and I am your chosen one.
    Won’t you smile on me?

One day in your temple
is better
    than a thousand
    anywhere else.
I would rather serve
    in your house,
    than live in the homes
    of the wicked.

Our Lord and our God,
you are like the sun
    and also like a shield.
You treat us with kindness
    and with honor,
    never denying any good thing
    to those who live right.

Lord God All-Powerful,
    you bless everyone
    who trusts you.

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Here is today’s prayer:

God. Abba. Father.

Wherever you are is a joyful place. How lovely is it to worship you, our great King! Yes, we eagerly long for the day where we will live with you in your holy temple, forever. Our whole body exudes songs of joy to you!

We are thankful that the birds of the air find a place to sing their praises to you as well! Yes, blessed are all those in whom you live, and who you accompany on their journey in this life. We are blessed and we worship you with every step we take!

We thank you that your Word says that we grow stronger in each season of our lives. We confess, this current season has taken its toll on many of us. And, yes, we are stronger because of it. So, we thank you for our growth as it prepares us for the next season ahead.

Hear our prayers. Answer us when we call. Your Son is our shield, our protector. Thank you, Jesus, for smiling on us. For turning your face towards us and looking at us with grace, compassion and unfailing love.

We worship you today and proclaim that today, as we worship you, this single day with you is better than a thousand days someplace else. Yes, we would rather hold the door in your house than live in the mansions of the wicked.

You are our sun, the bright morning star, our shield. You are generous in your kindness and you withhold no good thing from us. Yes, every blessing we have is given at your hands. Thank you!

You are the LORD, Yahweh, the Almighty. We thank you that you bless everyone who trusts in you. So we declare with great joy that we trust in you, and you alone. Today. And everyday.

Through Jesus our Messiah and King,


(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

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