Thursday, June 2, 2016

Psalms 84:5-6 -- On Blessings from Tears

"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."
Psalms 84:5-6

When I was reading this today, I didn't know what "the ways of them" or "Baca" really meant, so I looked up some other translations, and after understanding a little better, I really liked the beauty of the whole thing, so I thought I would share it with you guys.

Many translations render the end of the first verse as "in whose heart are the highways to Zion." I really liked "in whose heart are thy ways" and "in his heart he hath disposed to ascend by steps" as well.  Overall, with the help of the different translations, the idea seems to be finding strength in God, and seeking / working toward / ascending step-by-step to Zion / Perfection / God's presence.

For Baca, many translations of the second verse had "weeping" and I also liked "the vale of tears." My favorite translation of the verse was "Passing through the valley of Weeping they make it a place of springs; yea, the early rain covereth it with blessings." Overall, the verse seems to be saying that as we are passing through hardships / crying / suffering, we take those experiences / tears / hardships and we turn them into blessings, like a well or fountain... basically the idea of learning from the hard things, finding good in the midst of the difficult, and building ourselves into something *through* that suffering.

Today, let's get strength from the Lord, and set our feet on the highway to Zion by turning our negative experiences into learning opportunities and positive change.  God knows that we are called to pass through difficult trials sometimes, and that we don't always know what to do or where to turn, but with his help and strength, we can translate negatives into positives.  We can walk in his ways, and turn the vale of tears into a valley of blessings.

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