If you came up to me and said, “Hey Sheldon you want one dollar or one thousand dollars?”, everytime my answer would be the one hundred thousand pennies. We tend to determine value by quanitative means. This is not always the correct way to discover the value. An ancient worship leader once wrote…
“One day spent in your house, this beautiful place of worship, beats thousands spent on Greek island beaches. I’d rather scrub floors in the house of my God than be honored as a guest in the palace of sin” (Psalm 84:10 MSG).
A little amount of time in a low place of possible contact was more valuable to this psalmist than a great amount of time in a high place of status. He would rather be on the facilities staff doing the least attractive job for God, than an CEO a company with a wicked purpose.
One day with my family is worth more than a thousand days spent on a cruise. I pray that the the words of this psalm be the words of my heart. Earlier in the chapter the author writes, “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of Heaven’s Armies. I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the Lord. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God” (Psalms 84:1-2 NLT).
If one day in God’s presence is going to be more valuable than a thousand elsewhere my soul must long, yes, even faint with longing for the presence of God in my life. I need to need Jesus. I need to need prayer. I need to need the bible. I am all in! My whole being. May my body be used to worship God with every move it makes. May my soul desire the presence of God so much that it becomes like the desire my lungs must have air. May my voice shout to the world I live that God is alive and active.
Lord I pray that I desire your presence more than the presence of anyone or anything else. I want my attitude and soul to be like this psalmist. Scrubbing floors for you with a smile on my face rather than a corner office on the top floor with unfullfillment in my eyes. Bless my wife today with wisdom and understanding as she leads. Bless my kids with a desire for your presence. Show us at HOPE how to follow hard and fight for you God! I love you and want my life to shout that out!