Psalm 84

1 How amiable are thy tabernacles,
O Jehovah of hosts!

General Subject. Combats of the Lord with the hells. P. P.

1-5. Love and the desire for the church and heaven. P. P.

2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of
My heart and my flesh cry out unto the living God.

2 That the Divine things proceeding from the Divine Human of the Lord are properly called habitations, and that hence heaven itself is called a habitation is manifest. A. 9594.

2, 3. See Psalm lxv. 5. R. 487.

See Psalm lxv. 5. E. 630.

3 Yea, the sparrow hath found her a house,
And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay
her young,
Even thine altars, O Jehovah of hosts,
My King, and my God.
4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house:
They will be still praising thee. [Selah
5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee;
In whose heart are the highways to Zion.

2-5. By altars here are evidently understood the heavens, for it is said — see verses 2 and 3. By tabernacles or dwellings are understood the superior heavens, and by courts the inferior heavens where there is entrance, which heavens are also called altars from worship. Since all worship is from the good of love by truths, it is therefore said “even thine altars, O Jehovah of hosts, my King and my God,” for the Lord is called Jehovah from Divine good, and King and God from Divine truth. Because the heavens are understood it is also said, “blessed are they that dwell in thy house,” the house of Jehovah God standing for heaven in all its compass. Sparrow here signifies spiritual truth, and swallow natural truth, by which worship is performed. Since all truth by which worship is performed is from the good of love, it is therefore first said, ” my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God,” heart and flesh signifying the good of love, and to cry out worship from the delight of good. E. 391.

3 See Psalm lxiii. 2. A. 3813.

See Psalm lxiii. 2. R. 832.

By the flesh which desireth Jehovah, and which jubilates towards the living God, is signified man as to the good of the will, for the flesh of man corresponds to the good or evil of his will, and the blood to the truth or false of his understanding, in the present case flesh stands for the good of the will. E. 1082.

3-5. See Psalm xxvi. 6, 7. R. 392.

6 Passing through the valley of Weeping they make it a
place of springs;
Yea, the early rain covereth it with blessings.
7 They go from strength to strength:
Every one of them appeareth before God in Zion.
8 O Jehovah God of hosts, hear my prayer;
Give ear, O God of Jacob. [Selah]

6-8. Because of trust in the Lord the church will increase in-truths and goods. P. P.

8, 9. See Psalm xlvi. 7, 8. A. 3305.

Verse quoted. D. P., Page 63.

9 Behold, O God our shield,
And look upon the face of thine anointed.
10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand.
I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God,
Than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

9-13. Her happiness arises from trust in the Lord. P. P.

10 See Psalm ii. 2, 6. A. 9954.

See Psalm ii. 2, 6. R. 779.

See Psalm ii. 2, 6. E. 375.

11 The tents here are the worship of that which was separating itself from the internal, tents therefore signifies worship not holy. A. 1566.

Standing at the door means communicating from without with good, which is the house of God. A. 8989.

See Psalm lxv. 5. A. 9741.

See Psalm lxv. 5. R. 487.

See Psalm xviii. 7. E. 220.

By the courts is here signified the first or ultimate heaven, by which is entrance to the superior heavens. E. 630.

11 For Jehovah God is a sun and a shield:
Jehovah will give grace and glory;
No good thing will he withhold from them that walk
12 O Jehovah of hosts,
Blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

  1. See Psalm xxv. 21. A. 612.

Signifying protection. A. 1788.

See Psalm xxv. 21. A. 9905.

The sun signifies the good of love to the Lord in man. E. 401.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)