Our text will be drawn from Psalm 84 verse 10. For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Over the ages men and women have built castles, great houses, and mansions of every size, shape, and dimension. In America there are houses that range from a few thousand like the popular and contemporary ‘tiny homes’ to the lavish mansions of the rich and famous that cost hundreds of millions. In my home state there is one house that was built by the founder of a pizza company that cost I think, 28,000,000 dollars.
The point is there have been some great and beautiful houses built. Some with gold trimmings, pools indoor and out, huge kitchens that many ladies would only dream about, closets bigger that many living rooms, bathrooms that are bigger than some complete houses, beach fronts with tennis courts and boat docks out back, huge columns at the entry way, fountains in the middle of the living room, skylights that you would see in state capitals, chandeliers that are worth more than most homes, and on and on. You name it and someone has it some where.
From our text the author says that he would rather be a doorkeeper of the Lord’s house than to dwell in the tents [houses] of the wicked. Why did he say that?
For several reasons.
- He knew all this stuff down here on earth is going to burn up one day and nothing will be left. It is only temporary stuff that will over time deteriorate, rot, perhaps be stolen or confiscated, repossessed, burned down, or destroyed through some natural catastrophe, and possibly left behind for the family to fight over.
- He was trying to live right and he knew that God would bless him in the end. He knew that some things have to wait and that we don’t get everything here and now.
- He knew some things obtained are by unethical means and he had better character than that. He wanted no part of that.
- He knew that doing right is better that doing wrong and in the end it will pay off.
- He knew that in order to get a return on any investment you have to invest first.
- He knew peace of mind and spirit means more than junk that you have to make payments on, worry about, insure, protect, take care of, and pay for upkeep.
- He knew happiness does not come with things.
- He knew that there is safety in the Lord’s house and nothing down here can guarantee that.
- And finally, he knew that the Lord’s house is more beautiful than any thing imaginable down here. Do you know anyone who owns a house made out of solid gold? How about the foundation being made out of precious gemstones from rubies to amethysts. How about the doors being one solid pearl? Absolutely pure water that run from this house and no dirt of any kind either. The air will be absolutely clean. And one more thing; no sin will be allowed in the house.
I’m with the author of the text. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.