MIHI Manna for Today
Psalms 84:10: For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
For years when I heard the Preacher’s expression of this Psalm my thoughts were directed toward those who were the doorkeepers or ushers who stood at the doors of the local Church. But when I became a Preacher the text revealed an entirely different meaning.
As traveler in this world full of grief and despair (passing through the valley of Baca a place of weeping and desolation) I’ve learned that there is a place that one can travel to, to find sanctuary with God and a place where one can be strengthened to find the joy and peace of God. We may not always agree with the politics of the local Church but it is the place where one can travel to, to intersect with God as long as his word is preached and where believers believe that it is the dwelling place of God.
Here are a few things that may help us as we prepare for our travel on various occasions to God’s earthly dwelling place. First what are you looking to find when you arrive? Are you looking to find dissension or beauty? Our thoughts and belief make us who we are for when others see us just as they see the majesty of God’s dwelling place they should also see his beauty and the heart of God in us where he also dwells. Therefore as you travel allow the presence of God to travel with you so when you arrive not only do you see the beauty of God’s sanctuary but the sanctuary of God’s beauty is seen in you.
Secondly have a longing to be at the place where God dwells! The Psalmist “84: 2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.” The enemy does not want us to be in the presence of the Lord. If you’ve ever noticed some days are more distracting than others especially the days one prepares to travel to Sunday worship services. I remember in the past it was hard to get myself going on Sunday’s to attend worship services. There were either delaying phone calls, annoying distractions and most profoundly that special movie that I always wanted to see which just so happened to be showing the save hour as worship services. But once I was able to overcome by the grace of God the lures and distractions there was more of a longing for God’s presence through Jesus Christ in my life making me more Christ-like having the ability to endure and a hunger for God. I’ve learned overtime as a doorkeeper that one day in his courts are better than a thousand days anywhere else.