His Ways Are Purposeful

June 8

"Blessed is the man whose strength is in you;"
Psalm 84:5

The tendency of men is to trust in their strength. But blessed is the man who puts his trust in God's strength because God will take him beyond his own strength. The man trusting in his own strength gauges himself and plans out his way, but the man whose trust is in the strength of the Lord is ready for anything.

vs 6:
"As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
they make it a spring; the rain also covers it with pools."

"The valley of Baca," is translated "the valley of weeping." All believers journey through this valley, but when one's strength is in the Lord, the valley becomes filled with springs of living water. The way of God is supernatural, he goes far beyond the ways of man. He provides streams in the desert; the believer is never left on his own.

“'For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways,' says the Lord.
'For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.'"
Isaiah 55:8-9

"They go from strength to strength;
each one appears before God in Zion."
Psalm 84:7

When a man's trust is in the Lord, he does not walk a predictable way, planned out in his shortsightedness. No, he progresses from supernatural strength to greater supernatural strength, accomplishing the will of the Lord, until finally he appears before God.

vs 10:
"For a day in your courts is better than a thousand.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness."

The journey of the wicked is planned out by the wicked and in the end he'll say, "I did it MY way." They have devised schemes to preserve themselves and to acquire more and more and more. But their position and their wealth never satisfy, and they continue to scheme and plan and get more until they finally die. But the believer walks a totally different path. One day in the courts of God would satisfy for a lifetime. Their purpose is not to acquire, their purpose is to know God and to follow him. This is all their wealth, he is more to them than all their possessions. He satisfies. The lowliest of them are more satisfied than any wicked man who succeeds in his schemes. This is the secret of happiness, to belong to the Lord and follow him all the days of one's life. His ways are purposeful and lead to eternal satisfaction.