If the psalmist were living today, he would, no doubt, write that a day in God’s house is better than a million, yea, even perhaps better than a trillion days in this world of sin. But when he did in Psalm 84:10 write, “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness,” he was speaking of what in that day was a great percentage. One day in a thousand is an overwhelming percentage. Even today, who would prefer to work for a dollar a day rather than one thousand, if he could get it? Who would want to live one more day, if he could be healed to live a thousand more days?
By his statement the psalmist underscores what he stated previously in the Psalm, namely that to him God’s house is lovely, and that he would be happy, if he could be just inside the door of that house. That is what he wrote. Indeed, he is willing to serve God there as the door-keeper; but what he wrote is better translated as “sit at the threshold.” Even then he makes an awesome contrast! So rich, so full of spiritual joy, and of such transcendent blessedness is that house that, if we are just inside the door, we are overwhelmed with blessedness.
Consider how far the sun is from us, yet brings us precious light and warmth. How delightful it makes life for us even from such a distance! Much more is God’s house filled with His love, mercy, grace, and covenant fellowship. Easy it is to understand our versification which says:
Upon us look, O God our shield,
The face of Thy anointed see;
A thousand other days can yield
No gladness like one day with Thee;
Though only at Thy door I wait.
No tents of sin give joy so great.
Do you agree? You want to see the sun arise again tomorrow; but do you, as the psalmist did, want to pray that God will look upon you and send down upon you the rays of His love in Christ? Transcendent blessedness awaits God’s church. Do you want it?
Read: Revelation 21
Psalter versification: 229:5
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.