Psalms, chapter 84

It is better with God.Rather one suffer by the side of God than enjoy the sins of the world.

Our Bible reading for today is from Psalms 84, the verse of reference in  is: 

 “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” (Psalms 84:10 NIV).


Pray without ceasing

Historical commentary. – This psalm is what is call a gradual song. It would be sang to pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem to participate in religious festivals in Jerusalem. In major festivals Jews from all over Palestine and other countries came in groups to Jerusalem. It was a time of joy and lots of singing. 

It is better to have a day of spiritual meetings. – David preferred to spend a day in the courts of the sanctuary than a thousand elsewhere in the world. The true child of God is always happy to participate in spiritual gatherings. List some benefits of attending spiritual meetings: 
1) God loves the company of other believers, 
2) Union in praises and congregational singing, 
3) pray corporately, 
4) Read and hear the Word of God, 
5) The family participates in an encounter with God, 
“Fathers and mothers should make it a rule that your children attend church service on the Sabbath, and should reinforce that rule by his own example. Our duty is to guide our children and our house after us, as did Abraham. CN 502, 503. 

It   is better to have Discomfort with God, than worldly comfort. The psalmist would rather be a “keeper of the temple” rather than enjoy honor among the wicked, far from God and the sanctuary. Better to be a servant of the temple to live in the sumptuous tents of wickedness.


Eternal Father, thank you that your presence only find refuge, peace and spiritual welfare. We beg you to rekindle the desire to participate in meetings where they praise your name. We want our priority to be to live one day in your temple than a thousand outside. In the name of Jesus, amen.

By Dr. Franz Rios and Pablo Rios
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