10For 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.
11For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
12O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
Better Than Life!
As I was reading through verses 10 through 12 of Psalm 84, the thought came to my mind, "These words are better than life!" What more beautiful words are there than Psalm 84:11 and 12?
For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
We, even as Christians, are often so carried away with the pleasures of this world, that we have forgotten the pure joy of meditating upon God's Word. Sadly, we are willing to content ourselves with carnal pleasures of this world at the expense of the beauty, holiness, and peace of meditating upon God's Word.
We think of ourselves as a progressive world and often look with disdain upon past centuries, thinking the people of that time were ignorant and foolish. However, take some time and look up the writings of Christians from past centuries, most of which can be found free on the internet, and you will soon change your mind. Their control of language is truly impressive, especially considering the weak minds of our age. They would be shocked and disappointed to see the state of God's church in our day. When you begin reading the works of past Christians, be sure to have a dictionary handy.
I look at the busy busy life of children today, enrolled in art classes, piano lessons, softball, basketball, soccer, gymnastics, not to mention television and video games, and wonder when the family ever has time to be together. What happened to those days when everyone sat around the fire and read books? Of course, while the children are at their events, the parents are at theirs bowling, going to the movies, working out at the gym, or sitting in front of the TV.
None of these things are bad in and of themselves, but there is only so much time in a day. The question is, what has to be sacrificed to allow for all of the extra curricular activities? Do we teach our children that it is better to be a doorkeeper in the house of God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness, or, are we sifting through the tents of wickedness to find suitable entertainment for ourselves and for our children?
As Christians, we have so much! God has heaped blessing upon blessing upon us, and would give even more if we would but go to Him. No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly! Truly He is better than life.
God Bless You,