Just One Day in His Court

St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City

     "Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere;" Psalm 84:10 NIV     
     
     In the Old Testament, the Lord's temple and His courts was a physical dwelling place.  It was here that the psalmist longed to dwell, near the presence of the Lord in the Holy of Holies.  For here God's people could find peace within their souls and peace from their enemies that surrounded them.  Here, they whispered their heartfelt prayers to Yahweh, and found Him faithful to fill them with strength.  The Lord's favor and honor rested upon them, and He became their sun and shield.  No good thing did the Lord withhold from those who trusted in Him and who walked with Him blamelessly (Psalm 84:5-12).

      Isn't it amazing that when we walk into a church today that is dedicated to the Lord, we can still feel that peace, reverence, and hope.  But the Good News of the New Testament is that we, who are believers in Christ, can spend a day in His courts right within our own homes.  As we find that quiet alcove, corner, closet or comfy chair away from distractions and settle our minds on Him, His peace rises up within us.  There we meet the Lord in His temple, our heart.  Talking with Him here, we can find the same strength, protection, favor, and every blessing in the heavenlies that the Israelites longed for when they were far away from God's temple.

     We are blessed because His court is here with us wherever we are and all day long as we pause to dwell on Him.

     This song by Chris Tomlin has been running through my mind and singing in my heart:


How lovely is
Your dwelling place
Oh Lord Almighty,
For my soul longs
And even faints
For You
Oh, here my heart
Is satisfied (is sarisfied)
Within Your presence
I sing beneath
The shadow of
Your wings

Better is one day in Your courts
Better is one day in Your house
Better is one day in Your courts
Than thousands elsewhere
Better is one day in Your courts
Better is one day in Your house
Better is one day in Your courts
Than thousands elsewhere
(Than thousands elsewhere)

One thing I ask,
And I would seek,
To see Your beauty
To find You in
The place Your glory dwells
(One thing I ask)
One thing I ask
And I would seek,
To see Your beauty
To find You in
The place Your glory dwells

Better is one day in Your courts
Better is one day in Your house
Better is one day in Your courts
than thousands elsewhere
2005 Bec Recordings/Emd


     Where and how do you dwell in the court of the Lord?

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