“For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God, than dwell in the tents of wickedness” (Psalms 84:10)

Leslie M. John

“For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God, than dwell in the tents of wickedness” (Psalms 84:10)

(Note: Although the author of Psalm 84 is not named, yet it is believed that David wrote the Psalm)

Many years ago King David realized the fact that the LORD God Jehovah is the Almighty and He is the true God. He brought forth great truth in Psalm, 84. He had great passion to keep the ordinances of God. He delighted in the (1) ordinances of God (2) he had great passion to keep them and (3) he enjoyed to see others keep God’s commandments. David not only enjoyed being in LORD’s dwelling places but he recommends them to others as well. 

David was not a perfect man; however, his great sin against Bathsheba and her husband Uriah was forgiven by God when he repented of his sin, He sinned against his flesh and harmed others, but He was all repentant before the LORD. If God could forgive him, then there is no reason why He cannot forgive us of our sins.  

He longed to be in the Holy City of Jerusalem; not because it was a royal city but because it was the holy city. His body and soul craved to be in the LORD’s dwelling places because they are pleasing and friendly.  

It is as if a flying sparrow found a refuge to take rest; it is as if a swallow found a nest for herself, where she may lay eggs and hatch safely until its young are born. He knew that he could take refuge in LORD’s dwelling places, which are safe, and therefore, recommends them to others and says one that has the LORD as his refuge and strength is blessed. The LORD knows the ways of them that follow Him.  

The LORD dwelt among the children of Israel and led them by pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night. His Word that became flesh dwelt among us. The Lord desires to dwell in our hearts and, therefore, our desire should be to have the Lord dwell in our hearts. He remembered God in his trying situations and the LORD helped him.  

The LORD fills valleys and fills pools with water for those who take refuge in him and they will go strength to strength. There will come a Kingdom where everyone in Zion , the city of God, will be happy.  

Inasmuch as David was anointed by the LORD, who was his shield, he honored Him by calling Him as the God of Jacob and prayed to Him to look upon His face. He acknowledged that a day in the courts of God was better than a thousand days elsewhere. He writes that he would rather be a doorkeeper in the House of God rather than dwell in the tents of the wickedness.  

The LORD is our shield and He will be as shining and bright as the Sun, and even more, because He is the creator. How pleasant to know that Lord Jesus will be the light, where there will be no sun or moon, and we will walk on street of gold. He does not withhold any good thing from those who walk in righteousness. Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD.  

Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God, who was not of the order of Aaron, but of the order of Melchisedec, offered Himself upon the cross once and for all in order that we may not need any priest other than Himself, who became High Priest for our sake. He is our mediator and none else. It is only by His blood that our sins can be cleansed. It is only by Him that we can be justified as righteous before the Father.