How Lovely are Your Courts
David's thoughts on this song...
How Lovely are Your Courts is based on Psalm 84, in which Old Covenant psalmists expressed their desire to enjoy precious time near God's presence in the Jerusalem Temple, the centerpiece of worship in their day. Under the New Covenant, all who believe in Jesus become temples of the Holy Spirit, and we can worship in spirit and truth anywhere, anytime, offering up spiritual sacrifices of praise to God. Still, we long for heaven, where we shall worship before the actual throne of God, and I've taken the expressions of Psalm 84 and used them in that context. As we grow spiritually, our affections become more set on heaven. Paul wrote, "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth" (Col. 3:1-2, KJV).
You can't be "so heavenly-minded that you are no earthly good." The truth is, too many people are so worldly-minded they are no heavenly good. The more heavenly-minded you are, the more earthly good you are. Our lives here are but a moment in time compared to the eternity that waits us. Why focus on something that is so fleeting?
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How Lovely are Your Courts (Psalm 84)
© 2002 David A. Servant
Vocal and Acoustic Guitar: David Servant, BV: Becky Servant, Saxophone: George Lang, Piano and Strings: Stephen Servant, Bass: Dave Atkins
How lovely are Your courts, O Lord, where You abide • One day there is better than a thousand days outside • How blessed are those who dwell with You, ever in prayer • They grow stronger praising there •• My soul has longed and even yearned to see Your face • To sing for joy before Your throne in that holy place • In my heart are highways leading to the threshold of Your door • Where I'll live forevermore •• For the Lord our God is a sun and shield • He 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 • How truly blessed is he • How truly blessed is he.