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A Day in Your Courts Is Better

November 18, 2014

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A Day  in Your Courts  Is Better

Psalm 84:10
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.”

Love,
Margaret

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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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.

Philippians 3:12

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