I am challenged by this scripture to consider my heart’s desires and my walk with the Lord.
Better is one day in the courts of the Lord, than a thousand days anywhere else. I have always wanted to travel. I enjoy looking at pictures of tropical paradises, and green rolling hills with countryside castles, and long to visit them all. But this Psalm challenges me to consider how much more incredible it would be - it will be - to spend just one day in the presence of the Lord. Yes, God has created many awe-inspiring places on earth, but as gorgeous as they are, their beauty, mystery, and tranquility are only a minuscule fraction of what it will be like to be home and in the presence of God. And on the days when life seems dull, I praise God that spending time with Him in prayer and in His Word, my awe of who He is and what he has done and continues to do, allows me to feel that I am, in a sense, experiencing what is like to be in his courts, giving him thanks and praise, no matter what my earthly location may be.
I am also challenged and encouraged by the picture of who God is: “a sun and shield”. He gives light and life and is a protector. Not just our creator and king, checking in on us occasionally, God is our protector! I picture God wanting me to join him when my time on earth is over. And that if my walk is blameless, he will not withhold anything good.
Thank you, Jesus, for reconciling me to God, that I am welcomed into your Kingdom, and for all the blessings you long to pour out onto those who call upon your name!
3 Month Reading Plan - Psalms 84-85