How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
3 Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.
4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.
5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.
6 Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.
7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.
8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.
9 Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.
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.
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.
12 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
Public Domain KJV text from Wordproject.org
Psalm 84 describes the writer's expressions of joy that he experienced with the Lord and how he felt drawn to God’s dwelling places. He states how blessed are those who have God as their strength and put their trust in the Lord. David concluded by explaining why: “For the Lord God is a sun and a shield” (verse 11). This statement is loaded with meaning so let’s unpack it.
What does it mean that God is our sun? Using nature to add nuance, this is what I think it means:
● Just as the sun is our only star in our solar system, so Jesus is our morning star (Revelation 22:16) who guides us home.
● Just as all life receives light, heat and energy from the sun to live, so it is only through God and His sustaining influence that we can live.
● Just as the sun and its sunlight produce vitamin D and serotonin in humans, which boost our mood and energy, so God’s presence in our lives boosts our mood and gives us energy to overcome sin.
● Just as the sun’s gravity holds our solar system together, so God holds our world together.
Retired chemical engineer, Colorado, USA (as of this writing)