Psalm 84 Bible Commentary

John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes

(Read all of Psalm 84)

Verse 4

[4] Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. /*Selah*/.

They-That constantly abide in thy house; the priests and Levites, or other devout Jews who were there perpetually, as Anna, Luke 2:36-37.

They will — They are continually employed in that blessed work.

Verse 5

[5] Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

Whose strength — Who trusteth in thee as his only strength.

Thy ways — Blessed are they whose hearts are set upon Zion and their journey is thither.

Verse 6

[6] Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.

Baca — A dry valley in the way to Jerusalem, here put for all places of like nature.

Make a well — They dig divers little pits or wells in it for their relief.

The rain — God recompenses their diligence with his blessing, sending rain wherewith they may be filled.

Verse 7

[7] They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

They go — They grow stronger and stronger.

Appeareth — This is added as the blessed fruit of their long and tedious journey.

Verse 9

[9] Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.

Look — Cast a favourable eye towards him.

Anointed — Of me, who though a vile sinner, am thine anointed king.

Verse 10

[10] For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

Than dwell — In the greatest glory and plenty.

Verse 11

[11] For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

A sun — To enlighten and quicken, and direct and comfort his people.

Shield — To save his people from all their enemies.

Grace — His favour, which is better than life.

Glory — The honour which comes from God here, and eternal glory.