“Better is one day in your courts… ” An Explication of Psalm

From the beginning of the psalm one can tell that Psalm 84 is a Song of Zion. In this type of psalm the psalmist praises the city of Jerusalem as the city that God has chosen to have his special presence. The psalmist describes the beauty of the city throughout the entire psalm.

The writer of the psalm is unidentified as well as the date of authorship. A.A. Anderson believes that the most likely setting of the psalm is the Feast of Tabernacles (601). During the Feast of Tabernacles praise would be given to the Lord and the Davidic king would be lifted up in prayer. Based on these two assumptions one could assume that this setting of the psalm is true.

The topic of the psalm is simple: the psalmist wants nothing more than to be in the courts of the Lord. The theme of the psalm is that God has hand picked a special place where are those who decide to follow him will spend eternity. The form the psalm takes is a multiplicity of sorts. In the first two verses the psalmist is expressing his feelings toward the house of the Lord. Then he talks about the creatures that have a place in the house. He sa



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