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I Would Rather

April 5, 2018


I Would Rather

Every day we get to make choices.     Some choices are inconsequential, like, “Do I want to wear my red jacket  or my blue jacket?  —  Should we have burgers  or fish for supper?”     Other choices have important consequences,  like,  “Should I do drugs  or not?  —  Should I steal  or not?  —  Should I commit adultery  or not?   —  Should I get a college education  or not?  —  Should I trust in God  or not?” etc.

Choices lead us down a path  that can become habitual  and even life changing.     Much of the time  people don’t even think  about the consequences  of their choices  —  like,  “Hey,  I want to do 90 mph  in this 55 mph zone!”     Things with serious consequences are done  on the spur of the moment,  without any forethought.

The writer of Psalm 84 did some serious thinking  before he decided  what he would “rather” do.     He thought about what heaven was like  and how God so lovingly  even takes care of the birds.    He thought  about what the people  in heaven were like  and what it was like for them  as they went through their trials  here on earth.     He thought  about how their trials  on earth  did not matter  in the end,  because eternal life in heaven  was more than worth their tears  on earth.    And then,  he stated  what he would “rather” do with his life here  on earth.     In verse 10  he wrote,

For a day  in Thy 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 psalmist could see  the huge difference  between serving God  in a humble manner  and living  in the wickedness  of those who were arrogantly sinning  on this earth  —  mocking the Lordship of God Almighty  all the while.     He knew  that if he chose  to live according to God’s word,  he would have to  go through all sorts of trials  that would make his heart weep  in agony.     But,  he also knew  that God would help him  through every single trial.     No matter how weak he felt,  God would give him the strength  to live rightly — just one day  at a time.

He based his choice  on the end consequences.     The knowledge  that all the unbelieving wicked  will end up in hell  for all eternity  influenced his decision.     But,  much more than that,  Psalm 84 shows  that the psalmist was mostly thinking  about the absolute wonder,  peace,  and joy  of being forever in heaven  with the Lord.

The chance  to live in heaven forever  is just so awesome,  surely,  I want to head  in that direction!     I don’t want anything  in this world  to keep me away  from heaven!     And since God has proven His faithfulness  and love  in Jesus Christ,  He can be trusted.     All I have to do  is believe  in Jesus.

If I honestly believe  in Jesus,  I have to trust  that He has washed away  all my sins  and that I am  truly forgiven.     If I honestly believe  in Jesus,  I have to admit  that He is right  in how we are to live  while on this earth.     If I honestly believe  in Jesus,  I will go to Him daily  for the strength  and the help I need  in living  for Him.

Just think of it.     Only one day  in heaven  is much better  than a thousand days outside  —  living in the sin  of this world.

When we make our choices,  let us think  about where they will lead us  in the end.     Is it really,  really worth it?     Where do we really want  to be at this moment  in time?     Where do we need  to be  at this moment,  if we want  to reach our heavenly home?

As we walk  with our Lord  in the light  of His word,  He will shed glory along our way  —  just as the old hymn says  —  and we will say,  “Hallelujah!     Oh Lord,  keep on keeping us  in the light  of Your word,  so we may reach  Your heavenly home  and be with You  through eternity.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


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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