Psa. 84:7 They go from strength to strength;
each one appears before God in Zion.
This short little verse has two powerful revelations. First, it describes the Christian walk as going from strength to strength. Our walk is a journey, a life long journey that will end in the glory of God’s kingdom. Just as we go from glory to glory we also go from strength to strength. Of course this is not talking about natural human strength, this is talking about the spiritual strength that is ours in Christ. As we press on to know the Lord we are daily filled with His power. Just as Paul admonished us, “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might”. The Lord is causing us to grow up in Him that He might be exalted, the power of God is His testimony. The second revelation is this, our whole purpose, the destination of our journey is the presence of God. We catch glimpses of His presence in this life, this is where we experience ‘strength to strength’. But the final destination is that day we final appear before Him in heaven. Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon on this verse.
“They go from strength to strength. So far from being wearied they gather strength as they proceed. Each individual becomes happier, each company becomes more numerous, each holy song more sweet and full. We grow as we advance if heaven be our goal. If we spend our strength in God’s ways we shall find it increase. Every one of them in Zion appeareth before God. This was the end of the pilgrim’s march, the centre where all met, the delight of all hearts. Not merely to be in the assembly, but to appear before God was the object of each devout Israelite. Would to God it were the sincere desire of all who in these days mingle in our religious gatherings. Unless we realize the presence of God we have done nothing; the mere gathering together is nothing worth.”
The day of His appearing is drawing near. No one can put the date on their calendar yet the great day draws near. This life is like a shadow compared to what’s coming. The light of His glory will soon split the sky and we will find ourselves suddenly before Him. The question begging to be asked, are you prepared for that day?