Posted November 24, 2015
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my Godthan 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.
What can you cling to when you look around and see the wicked living in opulent prosperity? Where can you turn when you are mocked for your faith, your precious belief? What can steady you when you are tossed by the waves of circumstances, while those who live only for themselves seem to know no hardships? These verses penned by the Sons of Korah in Psalm 84 are anchors that we must keep our hearts tethered to at all times!
A Day in His Courts
True and lasting satisfaction on this earth is found in one thing only. One may live in the riches of royalty and know the heights of earthly splendor, and yet it is stated here plainly- none of these things even begin to compare with moments of close communion with the Lord God! One moment of sweet, honest fellowship with Him, facedown on your bedroom floor, is greater than decades of chasing happiness apart from Him. In fact, it is better to have the tips of your toes resting upon the outermost doorjamb of the House of God than it is to be the king of a castle built on the quicksand of wicked pleasure. When evil seems to prosper all around you, remind your soul of this truth! The riches of knowing Him and serving Him have eternal rewards. The riches of this world are tied to the ticking of the clock.
A Sun & Shield
God knows the agony we feel when it seems as though wickedness prospers all around us. Yet we see only in part. God is a sun. In Him there is no darkness at all. His light guides us and illuminates our path as we walk day-by-day with Him. He sees ALL things. He is faithful to show us where to step. Not only does He guide us as a sun, He also shields us! He protects us from our enemies and shields us from dangers unseen. The “shields” of earthly wealth, status, and security are but flimsy tissue paper. The shield of the Lord, however, is stronger than the very gates of Hell and death, and it will never depart from the believer! We can trust Him and follow Him wherever His shining light may lead.
No Good Withheld
As we are satisfied in Him and walk in confident trust with Him through this treacherous world, we lack no good thing. He holds absolutely nothing back from us that will be for our benefit. He lavishes spiritual blessings upon us and allows circumstances that will mold and shape us, for our eternal good! When it seems that good things are lavished upon others and kept far from ourselves, we can stand upon this promise of God. He alone knows what is for our best, and He will NOT withhold it! The favor and honor He bestows upon us who believe will eternally outlast any trophy or accolade the world has to offer, so let us walk confidently forward in deep trust and satisfaction in Him and Him alone!
Song and devotional by Emery Clark.
Production & Mix by Christopher Clark.
Artwork by Jen Rezac.