In Psalm 84, there are statements of blessing.
First, “blessed are those who dwell in Your house (verse 4).” Abiding is blessed. Lingering in ongoing, continual relationship with God is staying in touch with the goodness and richness of His life with and in me. How is my abiding deepening? How am I coming to know myself more and more at home in Him? What temptations are drawing my eyes and my life away from Him? What false promises of life tease and tempt me to look elsewhere for what I most truly and deeply find only in Him?
Second, “blessed are those whose strength is in You (verse 5).” If I feel strong, what makes me feel strong? My intellect? Experience? Physical health? Résumé? Education or training? Resources or possessions? Or, can I see all of these ultimately as a gift from God Himself? All my strength—my strengths—are in Him. I don’t use strength apart from Him. I live strong and confident in Him. It’s subtle, but critical.
I’ve been learning that becoming more confident in Him often involves feeling weak at times. God’s training process often causes things or abilities we’ve relied on apart from Him to become sour or less reliable than in the past. He may allow the good things we’ve become attached to and relied on to be less attractive or helpful than in the past so that I start seeking and depending on Him again. If I become comfortable in self-reliant modes, He will, in His great grace, cause me to feel less “together” to drive me back more fully to Him.
Third, “blessed are those who trust in you (verse 12).” Trust is of priceless value. Not just to God, but to us as well. Few dynamics have been more rewarding to me as the trustful relationship I have had with my sons. Being trusted feels good. Being trustworthy feels even better. Trust is lived belief. Our faith is more than facts about God we agree to. It is a life of relying on God, of trusting Him and entrusting ourselves to Him. It is realizing that I can always count on Him at all times no matter my circumstances. Again, my faith is tested when, for a season, I am tempted to see in my circumstances evidence that God has failed, or that God can no longer be trusted. It is good when I see His reliability in the face of my felt distrust. Sometimes it can take a while before I make these connections.
Finally, it’s not a “blessed” but – “Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere (verse 10).” The psalmist says, “I would rather have one day in God’s presence than a thousand days anywhere else, no matter how fun, or pleasurable, or beautiful.” Life with God is more joyful than the happiest day I can imagine. Life with God is more satisfying than anything I could eat or drink. Life with God is more beautiful and tantalizing than any beauty that captivates me God’s presence is better. Who God is is better than what God gives. Always. Always.