Psalm 84 in The Message

by Richard Long,

  Reading the Psalms in Eugene Peterson’s Message version is refreshing and disturbing all at the same time.  His contemporary approach hits you smack in the face.  Most of the Psalms are prayers and thus very helpful in forming and lifting our intercession.

What a beautiful home, Yahweh of the Angel Armies!

I’ve always longed to live in a place like this,

Always dreamed of a room in your house,

where I could sing for joy to God-alive. …

One day spent in your house, this beautiful place of worship,

beats thousands spent on Greek island beaches.

I’d rather scrub floors on the house of my God

than be honoured as a guest in palace of sin.

All sunshine and sovereign is Yahweh

generous in gifts and glory.

He doesn’t scrimp with his travelling companions.

It’s smooth sailing all the way with Yahweh of the Angel Armies.

Ps. 84: 1,2, 10,11,12 (The Message)

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