A Day in Your Courts Is Better
A Day in Your Courts Is Better
For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.
I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God,
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
The person who wrote this psalm claims that a single day in the courts of the LORD is far better than a thousand days outside. That’s quite a comparison. We need to know more about what he is saying.
The “courts” of the LORD are evidently where we go to be with God in His house. Is the psalmist talking about heaven or a church building? This psalmist gives us some clues in verses 1-4, where he sings,
How lovely are Your dwelling places,
O LORD of hosts!
My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD;
My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
The bird also has found a house,
And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young,
Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts,
My King and my God.
How blessed are those who dwell in Your house!
They are ever praising You.
Just where does God live? The answer is in Paul’s question in 1 Corinthians 3:16,
Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
Jesus backs that up in John 14:23,
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him.
So, God lives in the people who love Him and keep His word. To keep His word is to have faith and trust in God’s power and desire to save us. Believing and trusting hearts are God’s dwelling places — His courts. Even the birds are trusting in the LORD’s care for them.
The psalmist says that these believing hearts are doing something as God lives in them. He says, “They are ever praising You.” When we put our trust in the love of God, we know that He will work everything for our good in the end. That is why we are able to praise the LORD, even as we face tribulations.
The whole point is that even when our faith is weak and the world is trying to smash our faith to smithereens, we need to look to our Lord who lives in us and praise Him for His faithful love and care.
As the psalmist said, it is much better to be in the courts of the LORD than to dwell with the wicked, who are constantly bitterly complaining, cursing, and blaspheming the LORD. Can we see the differences here? Which place of “being” is better?
As we look up to our LORD and praise Him for even wanting to live in us, we say, “Hallelujah! Lord, You are so gracious and loving to even desire to want to live in us. We appreciate and praise Your love and salvation in Christ Jesus.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
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The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.