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Better Is One Day With God

Psalm 84:10 (ESV) … “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.”

When we get to Heaven, we shall be caught up a new dimension of living.

The psalmist was thinking how much better one day in the service of God was than a thousand days spent doing something else. But we cannot miss the deeper implication of his words. When we get to Heaven time will be no more. We shall enter a new dimension of living—the dimension of living enjoyed by God.

Then, too, tasks take on a new distinction. “I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” The Bible does not tell us much about our occupation in eternity. We shall be in the Lord’s service, however. There will be no such thing as a menial task. An angel would as soon sweep a chimney as rule an empire if such were God’s will. Gabriel thought it no small thing to run errands to earth to carry a message to Daniel, or Zacharias, or Mary. Tasks will take on a new distinction. To be a doorkeeper in the house of God will be vested with the highest possible dignity—an exciting, interesting task.

What a privilege to stand at the pearly gates of glory to watch and to welcome all who come and go. What a privilege to be the first to welcome someone coming in from some mission to a remote outpost of God’s vast empires in space! What a privilege to be the last to bid “Godspeed” to someone going out. What a magnificent task to be a doorkeeper in the house of God in glory! What do “the tents of wickedness” have that compares with that?[1]

Under the most favorable circumstances in which earth’s pleasures can be enjoyed, they are not comparable by so much as one in a thousand to the delights of the service of God. To feel his love, to rejoice in the person of the anointed Savior, to survey the promises and feel the power of the Holy Ghost in applying precious truth to the soul, is a joy which worldlings cannot understand, but which true believers are ravished with. Even a glimpse at the love of God is better than ages spent in the pleasures of sense.[2]

[1] Phillips, J. (2009). Exploring Psalms 1–88: An Expository Commentary (Vol. 1, Ps 84:10). Kregel Publications; WORDsearch Corp.

[2] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 56-87 (Vol. 3, p. 435). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.

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