Seeking God Day 2

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There is an old worship song written by Matt Redman called, “Better is One Day.” The lyrics come straight from Psalm 84. It has an amazing drum beat that serves as the foundation for every line and stanza of truth that is sung.

The psalmist says,

Psalm 84:10 “Better is one day in our 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.”

I want to live a life where I know God so well and I’ve been so overtaken by his grace and mercy that my heart overflows with the words, “Better is one day.” So often we can get consumed with the responsibilities of life that we lose sight of who we really are. Our egos can get so inflated that we see ourselves as more important, more brilliant, more deserving and may even be as bold as to put ourselves on the “throne” only Christ has the authority to sit on.

I build myself the “tent of the wicked” that the psalmist refers to. I furnish it and light candles and set out fine china but none of that makes the tent any less than what it is, a tent. A temporary dwelling that will eventually get blown over and has no foundation, no future. A place meant to bring glory to myself.

Our future is in Christ alone. According to the psalmist, there is no room for ego or pride. We are required to leave them at the door. It’s not a requirement that is burdensome though but rather one that is freeing. The psalmist says that keeping watch at the door is where life is given and where the warmth of God’s love and the protection of His shield resides. The verses go on to say,

“For the Lord God is a sun and a shield; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” verse 11

Who wouldn’t want to spend time at the door? And don’t have to worry about being blameless, Jesus has covered our sins, they are no more. We are welcome to loiter at the door of God’s love and protection because Christ has already paid the price, he has made it possible for us to experience the fullness of God’s mercy. Jesus stands at the door and says, “Don’t be afraid. Welcome!”

“How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” Psalm 84:1

 

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