Dearly Beloved in Christ:
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 live in the tents of wickedness.
– Psalms 84:10
This verse is the climax of this Psalm. This verse challenges a person’s view. The writer of this Psalms wanted people to know that life at the temple is better than anywhere else in the world. The temple represents the presence of God. In this world there are so many things that distract
us. Things that can take up a lot of our time and attention. They seem appealing, they seem like they could be fulfilling. They seem like they can be satisfying. But nothing can ever compare to being in the right relationship with God.
The writer of this Psalm wants us to know that nothing can compare with being in the right relationship with God. At the time this Psalm was written, when a person hears “live in the tents,” the image that is conveyed is a life of ease and richness. But the problem is that since it is the tents of wickedness – this is not the life that the Psalmist wants. The Psalmist know that this life will not
really fulfill or satisfy. Similar to Psalm 1:1 – A person is “blessed” (much more than happy) who does not associate with the wicked. – Nothing can compare to being in a relationship with God.
As we are in the season of Lent, a time of when we reexamine our lives and our priorities, let us remember that nothing can compare to being in the right relationship with God. Let us not be distracted or tempted by the distractions of the world. Nothing can compare to spending time with God.
.Rev. Shibi Abraham