Better is one day in your courtsPsalm 84:10 NIV
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
There are few places I would rather be than sitting near an alpine lake nestled high in the mountains. The beauty and tranquility are soothing to my soul. It is a place of rest to me.
This psalm was written by the Sons of Korah. They were temple musicians at the temple built by Solomon. In this psalm they are expressing how much that means to them. They would rather be there than anywhere else on earth. They have what they consider the best job in the world. I suspect they felt like I do when sitting by that alpine lake.
While the temple of Solomon is long gone, as is it’s replacement, God’s temple still lives on. As believers in the Lord Jesus we are being built into a holy temple (Eph. 2:21). We live and dwell within that temple, always in the presence of God.
How wonderful it would be to have the same joy serving within the temple of Christ’s body, as the Sons of Korah did serving in a physical building. What stops me? All too often my eyes are in the wrong place. Rather that seeing Christ as king, I focus too much on the visible, but temporary world around me rather than the invisible eternal world I am saved for.
A day at the lake is great. But better is one day serving God and worshipping him than 1000 elsewhere.