Spurgeon called it "the pearl of psalms," one of the sweetest of the psalms of peace. It expresses the believer's intense longing for and delight in the house of God. The author appears to be suffering from homesickness, reminding us of John Bunyan, whose heart was longing for the Celestial City of God as he wrote Pilgrim's Progress while confined in prison.
Charles Spurgeon, that prince of 19th century British Baptist preachers, declared this Psalm to be "the noblest of the sons of song," the choicest of sacred odes, and the Pearl of Psalms.
Of its pilgrimage theme he said, "Families journeyed together, making bands which grew at each halting place; they camped in sunny glades, sang in unison along the roads, toiled together over the hill and through the slough, and as they went along, stored up happy memories which would never be forgotten." (Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, Vol. IV [New York: Funk and Wagnalls] second edition, 1881, p. 63)
The deepest emotions of man are expressed in the psalms. Among those psalms that are my favorites is the 84th.
Wouldn't it be great if we never went through valleys in our Christian experience? If things were always on an even keel, or better yet, high up on the mountain slopes.
The valley was a place we knew we had to come down to eventually.
Spiritually speaking, our walk with God is often the same way. He allows us to experience, from time to time, the wonderful heights of the mountain, yet to only come down to the lowest depths of the valley.
We wonder why? Why can't we stay on the mountain top? Why must we walk through the depths of the valley? The truth is that valleys are part of life; every person has their share of problems, troubles and valleys
I want to speak to you today on the Valley of Baca. You might be saying Brother Walker I don't know what you are talking about. What is the Valley of Baca?
Well we are going to read about it here in Ps. 84:4 Ps 84 was written by David. Now it doesn't say that in the Psalm. David is not quoted as being the author as many of the Psalms are.
But most bible interpreters do believe that David did write Ps 84 and they think maybe he wrote that Psalm when he was fleeing from his son Absalom. Do you remember when Absalom was usurping the throne?
And he declared himself the king and he sat upon the throne there in Jerusalem. And David had fled out into the wilderness to escape the persecution of his own son Absalom.
And more than likely according to the bible interceptors the 84 the Psalm was written during David's fleeing from Absalom.
David is out in the wilderness and His heart longs to be back in Jerusalem where the tabernacle of God is. And he wrote this wonderful Psalm and the talk about the valley of Baca and I want to talk to you a little about that today.
There is disagreement about what the "valley of Baca" is.
Some think that it refers to a ...
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