Steve Schonberg, Elder
Specifically Psalm 49 and Psalm 84 (NASB)
I don’t believe that I had ever read Psalm 49 and Psalm 84 in the same sitting before. The contrast is striking between the rich yet foolish person of Psalm 49 and the worshipper of God who recognizes the Source of all blessing in Psalm 84.
The person described in Psalm 49, trusts in his wealth, (v.6); thinks secretly that his house (his family name and fortune) will endure forever, (v.11); gives his name to his most permanent possession, (v.11); reaps the benefit of the praise of others, (v.18) and experiences the futility of plans that all end at the grave, (v.12).
In Psalm 84, the writer’s focus is on the place where God dwells. Not because it was ornate, but because of who God is and what He is like. In contrast to the scheming, planning and posturing of Psalm 49, we see that the swallow nests where God lives. In Matthew 6, birds are held up by Jesus as an example of simplicity and dependence upon their Maker. Here in Psalm 84, we see something similar. True security and peace for a bird and its precious family are found in God’s presence and favor. It is a wonderful place in which to build our temporary and otherwise insecure nests.
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
O Lord of hosts,
How blessed is the man who trusts in Thee!” Psalm 84: 11, 12