I’ve been pondering again! This time on these verses…
“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 New King James Version but 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.”
I love to dig. Digging always brings to light some gems of the Word that are hidden. So, let’s dig…
*Blessed: Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old Testament Words says, “Basically, this word connotes the state of “prosperity” or “happiness” that comes when a superior bestows his favor (blessing) on one.”
*Dwell: to sit down, abide, inhabit.
*House: building; home; household; land
*Praising: to rave, to celebrate, to boast, to shine, glory, sing praise
*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
*Make: to place, put, set, to station, to appoint, to fix, to set mind to, etc.
*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 or blessings: actually means blessing, benediction, gift, or prosperity
So, this is what I see. The Word says that happy, blessed, and favored are those who remain in the Lord’s dwelling place, abiding in His presence, for they will continually praise Him, celebrating Him and giving Him glory. Here, David inserts his selah rest…
Don’t you love thinking on that thought? Happy, blessed, and favored! Because you abide in the presence of the Lord, praising Him.
Then, David continues to say that happy, blessed, and favored is also those whose hearts find strength and security in the Lord, for His ways are in their hearts.
His ways keep them and comfort them when they pass through the valley of weeping, for they make it a fountain, a spring, a source of satisfaction.
So, those who go through the valley of weeping, whose hearts rest in the Lord, make or set their mind to that valley as a spring of blessings, for the Lord is with them, “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.” (Ps. 23:4 NLT)
When darkness and despair gather around your soul and you find yourself in that valley of weeping, do His ways lead you to that precious gift of comfort, as a fountain of blessings?
Have you found your strength, security, and praise in the Lord, and are His ways set in your heart? Do you know the Lord is with you in that valley of weeping?
Have you camped out in that valley, or are you just passing through?