When Christ returns and the tabernacle of God is with men, as we read in Revelation 21:3, man will have reached the highest point of bliss and glory that is possible for the creature to know and enjoy. It is that blessedness of which Psalm 84 speaks when it declares how amiable, that is, how lovely, God's tabernacles are.
However, those who reach that glory will never boast of having gotten there by their own strength. No, the psalmist states in verses 5, 6, "Blessed is the man whose strength is in Thee: in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well: the rain also filleth the pools."
That valley of Baca is explained in our versification thus:
Blest they who in Thy house abide,
They still to Thee shall render praise;
Blest they who in Thy strength confide,
And in whose hearts are Zion's ways;
Though passing through the vale of tears,
Like springs of joy Thy grace appears.
The valley of Baca is a valley of tears. It is what David calls the valley of the shadow of death (Ps. 23:4). Significant is that statement in the Psalm that our strength is in God. Only because of that fact can we want to be in God's house, and can we walk on the way to it. We have absolutely no room to boast, not even for the desire to dwell with God. We have every reason always to thank God for every bit of our salvation and the desire for it. That the ways of those who reach that glory is in their hearts is because God put it there. Faith is God's gift to us, not our gift to Him. We were created in Christ Jesus unto good works and do not create ourselves by good works (Eph. 2:8-10).
If reaching God's house depends upon one thing we must do, it is hopeless. Ephesians 2:1 tells us that we were dead in trespasses and sin. Our assurance, all of it, rests upon the truth that our spiritual strength is in God and that He gives it to us in His grace in Christ.
Read: Ephesians 2
Psalter versification: 229:3
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Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism
Song for Meditation: Psalter number 51
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Through the Bible in One Year
Isaiah 10 ; Isaiah 11:1-16
2 Corinthians 12:11-21
Quote for Reflection:
Rejoice that the immortal God is born that mortal men might live in eternity. —John Hus