Dwelling with God
Where is the greatest place you can imagine? The Psalmist imagines that it is the house of the Lord. “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” In other words, better to stand in God’s doorway than to live in the finest mansion in the world without God.
Scripture: Psalm 84 (NLT)
For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah, to be accompanied by a stringed instrument. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of Heaven’s Armies. I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the Lord. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young at a place near your altar, O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God! What joy for those who can live in your house, always singing your praises. Interlude What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings. They will continue to grow stronger, and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem. O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, hear my prayer. Listen, O God of Jacob. Interlude O God, look with favor upon the king, our shield! Show favor to the one you have anointed. 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.
We are reminded of how lovely is the dwelling place of the Lord Almighty; and during this season, we are challenged with the reality that God’s dwelling place is not limited to a building made of bricks.
God chooses to make his home in our hearts and in our lives.
Read the Psalm a few more times. Read it as a poem—lets its beauty wash over you. Read it as a believer’s testimony—let the power of faith move you. Read it as a prayer—let God’s love and loveliness charm you.
And enjoy this, a great Christian rock song, that pulls lyrics directly from Psalm 84: “Better is One Day” by Kutless
God of time and space, we know that you stand outside of the limits of our mortal lives; and yet, for our sake, you entered into your own creation to make your home among mortals. So let us celebrate that you are in our midst, and that we are invited into your house. We pray with joy, in the name of Jesus. Amen.