So That’s Where Those Lyrics Come From!

If you are a fan of contemporary Christian music, especially songs that were popular about 10 years ago, you will quickly recognize the first verses of Psalm 84 and the chorus of the song from verse 10: Here is verse 10: For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness. The song is “Better Is One Day” by Kutless. Let’s think about this verse for a minute: “I’d rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness”. I think the last phrase also implies ownership of those tents. So the psalmist would rather be a doorkeeper than an owner, rather be a servant than one being served. Why? Because of the presence of God. In the Old Testament the tabernacle and temple symbolized the presence of God in a way that we just don’t really grasp in the age of the church. Now, each believer is indwellt by the Holy Spirit and we are called “temples” of God. God dwells in us. But in that day, the temple symbolized God’s presence. This psalm is about the goodness of God and how God blesses those who call on Him and identify with Him. I hope you’ll take the time to read this psalm and ask yourself if the passion that is expressed by the writer is your passion as well…do you long for the person and presence of God like this? I hope you do. It is really true that one day in God’s presence is better than a thousand elsewhere. There’s nothing like His presence. I pray that you would feel God’s presence in a special way today.


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