A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked. For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. O Lord of Heaven's Armies, what joy for those who trust in you. Psalm 84: 10-12 NLT
Would you rather be a gatekeeper in God's house than live the good life in the homes of the wicked?
Sadly, even though we say we would be a servant we secretly want to live the good life.
We forget that God is our light and our protection. We need to be reminded that God gives us grace and glory. We know intellectually that God gives good things to those who do what is right. It is our hearts and desires that don't necessarily follow.
And if we secretly desire the good life, how do we teach our children to do what is right and to follow God -- even when that means living the life of a servant rather than a party goer? The Black-eyed Peas have a song about partying all night and sleeping all day -- what teenager or young person doesn't see this as their ultimate goal? I can't see any top forty hits about keeping the gates manned or the doors open.
Yet, true joy is found in trusting God rather than good times.
God, hep us to remember that a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere! Amen.
Copyright 2012 Amelia G. Sims