Psalm 84 was written by the sons of Korah and Spurgeon considered the same as “the pearl of the Psalms”. In Spurgeon’s words: “If twenty-three is the most popular, one hundred and three is the most cheerful, one hundred and nineteen is the most experimental, fifty-one is the most plaintive, this is one of the sweetest Psalms of Peace”.
In this Psalm 84, the Jewish people were captive and were far from the house of God, and one of the great frustrations of the sons of Korah expressed in their psalms, is to be far from the house of God, is that intense desire for Go and worship God at His home. However, through their writings they show us that they maintained that faith that they would again worship the living God.
Look closely, the psalmist says in verse 1:
How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!
The psalmist does not say: How kind your dwelling places “were”, O Lord of hosts!. No! For him the dwellings of God, His holy temple, was still a kind thing to worship God, and this is part of the hope he had. Although his present was somewhat devastating, he knew it would not be that way forever.
My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
This second verse shows us the spiritual depth of the sons of Korah. First, they had that burning desire to be in the house of God, second, despite all the trials and difficulties they were going through as captives, they recognized that their heart and flesh had to worship and sing to the living God, the only God alive.
This Psalm should serve as an example to feel love for the house of God and to understand the importance of true worship and praise before God.