Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house
of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

Psalm 84:10

The Psalmist expresses his love for the temple of the Lord by saying it is better to live in the courts of the Lord than in the be in the tents of the wicked.

Jerusalem was an important city to the Jews. For David, it was the City of God. The City where God dwelt. For the kind of person, David was, it was important for him to be in the tabernacle of God.

The Psalmist, David, was undoubtedly a man of Praise. If I had to describe him, I would describe him as a man of Praise and worship more than a king or a warrior. He delighted in the presence of God. He delighted in the house of God He was a man who built his life on Praise, worship, and adoration to God.

v.10 of Psalm 84 begins with saying.
Better is one day in your courts,
     than a thousand elsewhere

The First part of the saying explicitly expresses the Psalmist desires to be in the courts of the Lord. Historically at this time the temple wasn’t built. The place of worship was still a tabernacle, it was a temporary place of worship.

The Psalmist describes his longing by making a strong comparison. That is, one day in Lord’s courts and thousand days in another place. The kind of fulfillment, satisfaction, joy and peace that you get by going to the house of Lord is something you won’t get when you go anywhere else.

There can always be things that can please us. Things we can do that delight us. We can meet friends and family or people whom we love. That can delight us. But those things can never be fulfilling or make our hearts be satisfied.

Psalmist continues to say,
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house
     of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

The psalmist goes on to show the desperateness of being in the presence of God. He shows how much he values the house of God. All he has to do is just be there to receive the fulfillment and satisfaction that comes out being in the house of God. He continues to make his clear distinctions by saying he can never find that fulfillment in the tents of the wicked. Let me put it this way, there might be merry in the tent of the wicked but never a fulfilled or satisfied life.

I believe, we have to make this Psalm the anthem of our life. We have to find our fulfillment and satisfaction in being in the house of the Lord than try to find it anywhere else. Nothing can give us more fulfillment and satisfaction like the house of God where is presence dwells.

So, Let us find our fulfillment and satisfaction in the house of God.

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