In Psalm 84 the word ‘blessing’ is used a number of times.  The first ‘blessing’ comes in verse 4– of being in the Temple.  With God.  Singing His praises.  The best blessing of all!

There’s more?  Verse 5 tells of blessing as we seek Him.  That longing to find Him and His will for our lives.  The third blessing is hinted at in verses 5- 7, where those who trust in God can’t even measure all His blessings.

In Hebrew, the word ‘blessing’ is ‘b’raca’.  Pilgrims go through the ‘Valley of Baca’ on their journey to the Temple.   ‘Baca’ refers to a desolate place.  Psalm 84 reassures them that even in that dry valley they can walk beside Him, arriving safely in that place of blessing.  From ‘Baca’ to ‘B’raca’!

Here’s something strange.  In some churches I’ve pastored, I found myself utterly bored.  Couldn’t wait to get out.  What was missing?  I now know–the challenge of ‘baca’!

My last church was down to eighteen members ( before I arrived, thank you!).  They talked about selling the property.  Had been a church of over three hundred two decades before, a thriving congregation.  Now they were ‘baca’ for sure.  Dry.

The call came to serve the Lord as their pastor.  My reaction?  I loved the idea of being in ‘baca’–dryness, to see what ‘b’raca’-blessings the Lord had in mind.  What happened?  God not only showed us His blessings.  He showered us!

Don’t fear the ‘baca’ you may be in.  Look to the Lord.  Ask for His ‘b’raca’-blessings and see what He has in store.  Seek Him.

‘Blessed are those…as they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs…blessed is the man who trusts in you’ (Psalm 84:5-6,12).  Couldn’t have said it better!

Thank you, Lord, for mighty blessings.  Amen.



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