One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.
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For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand,…. “One day”; so the Septuagint and Vulgate Latin, and all the Oriental versions; and so the Targum, Jarchi, and Kimchi, interpret it; one day in the house of God, in the world to come, so Arama: though rather reference is had to the seventh day sabbath, then in being; and which with the psalmist was a delight, holy and honourable; and though now abolished, as to the time of it, with the rest of the ceremonial law, there is yet a day of public worship, called the Lord’s day, and the day of the Son of man; and one of these days spent in the courts of the Lord, in an attendance on the word and ordinances, in worshipping in the fear of God, in spirit and in truth; in divine service, assisted by the Spirit of God, doing everything in faith, from love, and with a view to the glory of God; a day thus spent in religious exercises “is better than a thousand”; that is, than a thousand days; not than a thousand days spent in like manner, but than a thousand other days, common day, of the week; or than a thousand in other places, especially in places of sin, and in the company of wicked men; one day in God’s house employed in spiritual exercises, and enjoying communion with him, is better than a thousand days in any of the houses of Satan, of sinful pleasure, or in the houses of sinful men; better as to peace of mind, solid pleasure, real profit, and true honour:
I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God; in the meanest post and place there; alluding to the Levites, who were some of them porters, and kept the doors of the Lord’s house, 1 Chronicles 26:1 or to the beggars that lay at the gates of the temple for alms; see Acts 3:1 or to be fixed to the door post of it, alluding to the servant that was desirous of continuing in his master’s house, and serving him for ever; who was brought to the door post, and had his ears bored through with an awl, Exodus 21:5. Such a willing servant was the psalmist; and this sense the Targum seems to incline to, which renders it,
“I have chose to cleave to the house of the sanctuary of God;”
or to be a waiter there, to watch daily at Wisdom’s gates, and to wait at the posts of her doors; such lie in the way of conversion, and of finding Christ; in the way of spiritual healing, as the man at the pool; and of spiritual instruction, and of spiritual strength, and an increase of it: or to be, or sit, upon the threshold; or to be “thresholding” (i) of it; that is, to frequent the house of God, to be often going over the threshold of it; this the psalmist took delight to do, even to be the threshold (k) itself, for men to tread upon as they go into the house of God:
than to dwell in the tents of wickedness; meaning not houses built by wicked men, or with money ill got; but where wicked men dwelt, and who were so bad as to be called wickedness itself; perhaps the psalmist might have in his mind the tents of Kedar, where he had sometimes been; see Psalm 120:5, now to live in the meanest place in the house of God, to wait at the door as a porter, to lie there as a beggar, to sit upon the threshold, and much more to go often over it, or be that itself, was abundantly preferable than to dwell “an age” (l) in the house of princes and great men, being wicked; than to live in the most pompous manner, at ease and in plenty, enjoying all the good things of life that heart can wish for; one hour’s communion with God in his house is better than all this, and that for the reason following.
David knows full well what it’s like to be with God and against Him. What the huge difference is to have God pulling for rather than pushing against him.
It’s the difference between day and night. Unfortunately some only know night so they are without a frame of reference. And some choose to stay in twilight.
Yes indeed, it’s better to be a lowly servant in the presence of God than hang out with the wrong crowd whose path is doom and gloom.
LORD almighty, Your love reigns. Your ways are warm and comforting in the end. Help me persevere until that great and final homecoming.
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My take: Wow! What power verses! 1st, little if nothing great and sustaining happens without full, 100%, all in commitment. Right? Right! Commitment!
Can there be a better Person to commit than to the LORD (4 capitals in a row, that signifies someone ultimate, God of all)? No way is there a better way!
2nd, we are called (all called, but sadly not all or likely even a majority will respond) to trust in Him. Trust! Then David writes and personally experienced in mighty ways thst God will act on our behsalf. God requires our commitment and trust first and foremost, then He will act. Boom! Righteousness and justice light and bright as the high noon sun!
My prayer: Lord, your ways are higher than mine. Your timing is eternal and exact. Mine is often impatient and seeking immediate gratification. Help me to remember the Bible stories of old and know that You are the same. Help me practice and workout my commitment and trust so that is rock solid.
Key word: com·mit [kuh-mit]
—verb (used with object), com·mit·ted, com·mit·ting.
to give in trust or charge; consign.
to consign for preservation: to commit ideas to writing; to commit a poem to memory.
to pledge (oneself) to a position on an issue or question; express (one’s intention, feeling, etc.): Asked if he was a candidate, he refused to commit himself.
to bind or obligate, as by pledge or assurance; pledge: to commit oneself to a promise; to be committed to a course of action.
to entrust, especially for safekeeping; commend: to commit one’s soul to God.
to do; perform; perpetrate: to commit murder; to commit an error.
to consign to custody: to commit a delinquent to a reformatory.
to place in a mental institution or hospital by or as if by legal authority: He was committed on the certificate of two psychiatrists.
to deliver for treatment, disposal, etc.; relegate: to commit a manuscript to the flames.
to send into a battle: The commander has committed all his troops to the front lines.
Parliamentary Procedure. to refer (a bill or the like) to a committee for consideration.
—verb (used without object), com·mit·ted, com·mit·ting.
to pledge or engage oneself: an athlete who commits to the highest standards.
Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English committen (< Anglo-French committer) < Latin committere, equivalent to com- com- + mittere to send, give over
pre·com·mit, verb (used with object), pre·com·mit·ted, pre·com·mit·ting.
un·com·mit, verb, un·com·mit·ted, un·com·mit·ting.
- carry out, effect, execute.
A picture, at least a good one, is indeed worth a thousand words.
And a superior action like this; speechless.