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  • Writer's pictureAlan Fong

The House of My God

Today's Verse:

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. ~Psalm 84:10

 

Psalm 84 is a psalm from the sons of Korah that exalts and promotes the house of God. It is a psalm that expresses the love that the servants of God and worshipers should have for God’s house. This morning, we are reminded of the importance of the house of God.

 

We see the infallible concept.

The church is a doctrine of Scripture that is commonly referred to as ecclesiology. The church is a local, visible assembly of saved, baptized individuals who assemble in the name of the Lord for the purpose of glorifying Him and advancing His kingdom through the preaching of the gospel message. The church is the organized means by which God’s people assemble as disciples for the making and for reaching the lost with the gospel. The church is known as the house of God, the pillar and ground of truth. Jesus promised perpetuity to His house and proclaimed that the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.

 

We see the inspired craving.

God’s house is to be loved and desired. “How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God” (Psalm 84:1-2). God’s house is a place where we find our source of spiritual strength. It is the place where we bring our prayers corporately and God hears and answers us. A house implies a dwelling place. It suggests thoughts of rest, comfort, and belonging. In a similar fashion, God’s house is the place where spiritual comfort and rest is promised. God’s house is where our faith is enlarged and built up. The servants of God anticipated the service of the Lord every day: the cleaning of the altar, the lighting of the candelabra, the sacrifices, and offerings. God’s house is to be desired.

 

We see the inflexible conviction.

“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. The psalmist had a powerful and unchanging conviction about God’s house. He said he would rather guard the doors of the house of God than to dwell where wickedness was. His conviction was that God’s house was to be safeguarded by the attendees. We need to safeguard the doctrines of the church, the fellowship of the church, the programs of the church, and the vision for the church. Whenever the doors of the church are opened, God’s people should be there. We live in a day where people have lost their conviction about the church. We live in a day where Christians are dwelling in the tents of wickedness when they should be worshiping and serving in God’s house.

 

We see the invaluable compensation.

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Being a faithful church attendee has nothing but rewards for us. We have God’s protection. We have God’s mercies. We have God’s presence. We have strength for our journey. We have God’s blessing upon our decisions and the exercise of faith.

 

What priority does God’s house have in your life? Have you lost that desire to be even a doorkeeper in God’s house? Say like the psalmist, “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go unto the house of the LORD.”

 

Have a grace-filled God Morning!


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