A Season of Psalms - Psalm 84:10-12
“For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!”
English Standard Version (ESV)
“Would You Rather…???” is a popular game that asks you to make a choice between two opportunities. Would you rather receive $1000 right now or $500 a month for the rest of your life? Would you rather be able to control the weather or talk to animals? Would you rather go to the beach and forget your towel, or go to the beach and forget your sunscreen? The game is a great way to turn any conversation into a hilarious and ridiculous exchange.
Would you rather be a doorkeeper in the house of God or dwell in the tents of wickedness? This is the question that the sons of Korah pose in Psalm 84. The psalm itself praises God for His beautiful dwelling place and describes how the soul longs and pants for the courts of the Lord (v. 2). It is better to be in God’s presence, if only for a day, than to be anywhere else. Can you imagine what we will see and hear in His magnificent house, even as we stand at the threshold as a mere doorkeeper? To be in God’s abiding presence is to experience the purest joy because “the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.” God is, after all, the provider of life and illumination and our protection from evil. When we walk side-by-side with Him, His glory will be our joy.
Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel? Will I dance for you, Jesus, or in awe of You be still? Will I stand in Your presence, or to my knees will I fall? Will I sing “Hallelujah” or be able to speak at all? I can only imagine! A day is coming when the people of God will gather in His courts to worship Him for all eternity, and oh, what a day of rejoicing that will be. When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory!
Further Reading: John 14:1-6; Psalm 23
Pray these words from Psalm 25:
Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. In Jesus’ name, Amen.