Thursday, September 25, 2008

Oh, to be a doorkeeper for Him!

"How lovely is your dwelling place,
O LORD of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, faints
for the courts of the LORD;

my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O LORD of hosts,
my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
ever singing your praise!

Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
As they go through the Valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
each one appears before God in Zion.
O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob!
Behold our shield, O God;
look on the face of your anointed!
For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
LORD of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in you!"
Psalm 84, ESV

Father God, my soul is longing to dwell in Your courts! Thank You for the opportunities You have given me to serve You here on earth. I pray that You will continue to bless me with ways to glorify You and that You will use me as an instrument for your glory to impact believers and unbelievers alike. Thank You for Your grace on undeserving wretches like myself. A glimpse of Your glory is much more than I deserve, but You go way beyond that, giving me an eternal inheritance with You! God, You are so loving and merciful. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty! I pray that You will use me accordng to Your will and conform my will to Yours.
In Christ's holy name, Amen.