“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed!
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. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!”
He is Our Treasure
I have always loved Psalm 84:10, "Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere". The Sons of Korah tap into a pivotal shift in the life of a believer and worshipper. They have come to realize that God is the great end of our hopes and desires. He is the treasure we have been looking for our entire lives!
If we are honest, worship is inspired in most of us as God does something for us; the birth of a child, new job, clean bill of health, etc. It is fitting to give God worship at such events; however, most of life is lived between those great days. Just like a married couple that needs to rekindle the passion and love between each other, we need to consistently check the awe meter in our lives. When worship is given only when we get what we want, the focus is really on temporary things that will rust and decay. This sets us up for disappointment and discontentment all throughout our lives. It is vital for us to realize that everything we love in this life, it's perfect form came from the heart of God and to know Him is to get in touch with the thing behind the object of our awe. When knowing God becomes the focus of our desire and seeking, we position ourselves on a solid foundation that no job loss, sickness, and yes, even death can not ultimately destroy us.
What today is going to let you down tomorrow? Spend some time today reflecting on how God was the creator of all life that we enjoy.
Lord, thank you for these last ten days that we have been given to seek you. We repent of the thought that temporary things could give lasting joy. Move in our church and our hearts like never before. We stand in awe of you. Make us on in Jesus name. Amen