Pondering again! This time on this…
“Blessed are those who dwell in Your house;
They will still be praising You.
Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
They make it a spring;
The rain also covers it with pools.”
(Psalm 84:4-6 NKJV)
The Masoretic (Hebrew) Text states verses 4 through 5a the same as the NKJV and states the rest of it this way…
“The highways are in their hearts.
Passing through the valley of weeping,
they will make it a fountain;
yea, the rain clothes with blessings.”
You know I love to dig. Digging always brings to light some gems of the Word. So, let’s dig…
*Still: always, continually.
*Strength: in various applications, such as force, majesty, security, and praise.
*Pilgrimage or highways: a thoroughfare, staircase, a raised way.
*Passing through: cross over or to cover.
*Valley: a vale, broad depression, or lowland.
*Spring or fountain: a source of satisfaction.
*Rain: an archer, also teacher, teaching, early rain (comes from another word meaning to flow as water, to point out, to teach).
*Covers or clothes: to wrap, veil, cloth, roll, enwrap, to envelop oneself, a mourner as one who covers.
*Pools: actually means blessings.
So, this is what I dig out. The Word says that happy and blessed are those who remain in the Lord’s dwelling place, for they will continually praise Him, celebrating and giving Him glory. Here, David inserts his selah rest, his stop-action, in his song for the reader to stop and think on that.
Question: What does this mean to you?
He continues to say that happy and blessed is the one in whose heart has found security and praise in the Lord, whose heart is set on God’s highways, His pilgrimage, His ways.
Question: Have you found your security and praise in the Lord, and is your heart set on God’s ways?
As they pass through the valley of weeping, that lowland can even be the vale of mental depression, they make it a fountain, a spring, as a source of satisfaction, because their strength is in the Lord and their hearts are set on God’s ways.
Question: As you pass through your valley of weeping, do you make it a fountain, a spring of satisfaction in the Lord?
The light-hearted need no comfort; only the hurting need comfort. So, those who go through the valley of weeping, those whose hearts rest in the Lord, make that valley a spring of comfort, not only for themselves but for others as well.
As they rely on the Lord, His refreshment flows as water, pointing out or teaching the way through the valley and covering the mourners with His comfort, and springs of blessings overflow.
When darkness and despair gather around your soul and you find yourself in that valley of weeping, God’s precious gift of comfort, as a fountain of blessings, will see you through.
If peace, praise, rest, and strength reside in you, even through the valley of weeping, then you can share with others this same fountain of comfort in their times of need.
Questions: Do you know this comfort, this fountain of blessing, in your valley of weeping? Have you camped out there, or are you just passing through?
“Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland
so my chosen people can be refreshed.”
(Is. 43:20 NLT)