Day 1 of the 21 day Scripture Reading Challenge

Psalm 84:1–12 (NRSV)

1 How lovely is your dwelling place,

O LORD of hosts!

2 My soul longs, indeed it faints

for the courts of the LORD;

my heart and my flesh sing for joy

to the living God.

3 Even the sparrow finds a home,

and the swallow a nest for herself,

where she may lay her young,

at your altars, O LORD of hosts,

my King and my God.

4 Happy are those who live in your house,

ever singing your praise. Selah

5 Happy are those whose strength is in you,

in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

6 As they go through the valley of Baca

they make it a place of springs;

the early rain also covers it with pools.

7 They go from strength to strength;

the God of gods will be seen in Zion.

8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;

give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah

9 Behold our shield, O God;

look on the face of your anointed.

10 For a day in your courts is better

than a thousand elsewhere.

I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God

than live in the tents of wickedness.

11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;

he bestows favor and honor.

No good thing does the LORD withhold

from those who walk uprightly.

12 O LORD of hosts,

happy is everyone who trusts in you.


Happy. Lovely. Joy. Favor. Honor. Strength.

The promise of tangible results abound in this psalm. Real impact for real people is at the core of our faith. I am convinced that we miss so much of what God is doing because we have our head down in busyness; our eyesight clouded by worry or doubt; or our gaze distracted by the shiny objects of this world that will not last.


Lord, give me your perspective for all things in this world. May I view things as you do. Give me the eyes to see your blessings all around me. Create in me a grateful heart O God.

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