Psalms 84: It Is Good to Be with God
Psalms 84 is the inspiration for one of the songs that we sing sometimes in church, and I think that it speaks to the greatness of God. Specifically, it shows how being with God is better than being without God.
Psa 84:10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Think about it. If you are doorkeeper, you are a servant. You are the lowest on the social hierarchy. You are not in a position of praise, and half the time, most of the people there won’t even realize your presence. They just expect you to open up the door.
Now, what if you dwell in the tent? In this time period, it doesn’t seem like we had groups of people moving in together to share rent or whatever. If you lived in the tent of people, you were their family. You had a tight relationship with these people, and you might have been one of the prominent members of that group. You had acceptance and attention.
This comparison might be surprising then based on the descriptions that I just provided, and it certainly would have been powerful to people at this time. They would have understood the major difference between living in the house and being a servant in the house. If you generally had to choose, you would choose to be a member of the household.
However, this Psalm is throwing that out the window. We are reading that it would be better to be a servant of God and hypothetically be the lowest person in His house began to be the absolute highest member in the tents of the wicked.
That certainly implies that there is something great about simply being in the house of the Lord. There is something intrinsically valuable about being in the place where God is. It overcomes all of these external questions about what role you play. You could be sitting at the table, you could be cleaning up the table, but simply being with God is what we are supposed to understand from this Psalm. God is valuable, and this particular verse provides another affirmation of that concept.