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The twenty-second day of our commentary from the International Formation house in Ann Arbor, MI following our Meditations for the 40 Days. John Yocum comments on Psalm 84.

A pilgrim psalm of seeking God in prayer and desiring to be with him.

1 How lovely is thy dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! 2 My soul longs, yea, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and 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 thy altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God. 4 Blessed are those who dwell in thy house, ever singing thy praise! Selah 5 Blessed are the men whose strength is in thee, 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 upon the face of thine anointed! 10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell 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, blessed is the man who trusts in thee! – Psa 84:1-12 RSV

Wed 3/22 | Ps. 84

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John Yocum
John is a lifelong committed brother from Jackson, Michigan. Having spent 15 years in the UK and 7 years in the Philippines, he returned to the US in 2011, where he serves as the regional elder for the Servants of The Word. He works with communities across the region and serves on the executive committee of the international teaching team for the Sword of The Spirit. John has a Doctorate in Theology from The University of Oxford. He has taught Theology at Oxford, at Loyola School of Theology in Manila and currently teaches at the Catholic Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.
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