Summer Daily Devotional - Psalm 84

It Is Good To Be In God's Presence

It Is Good To Be In God's Presence

Would you ever trade places with an animal? And I don’t mean for just a moment.

Would you ever trade jobs with someone who cleans the sewers? And I don’t mean for just a day.

How about would you ever trade the next 3 years of your life for just one more day this week? And you can’t get those 3 years back.

I know. This is a strange series of questions. Personally, I tend to get to annoyed with answering such hypotheticals.

Any reasonable human being would just say “no,” right? In fact, the bigger question is why would anyone ever say “yes?”

Let’s find out.

Psalm 84 is known as the “pearl of the Psalms” for its focus on the peace, joy, and life found in the Lord. This psalm declares that there is no better place for a person to be but in the presence of the Lord. And worship is the believer’s highest priority.

Would it surprise you if I said this Psalmist actually answered those seemingly random hypotheticals I posed earlier?

It’s true. Let’s find out.

Would you ever trade places with an animal? If it meant being near the Lord’s altar, absolutely (v. 3).

Would you ever trade jobs with someone who cleans the sewers? If it meant being in the house of my God, without question (v. 10).

Would you ever trade the next 3 years of your life for just one more day this week? If it meant spending that one day in His courts, sign me up (v. 10).

It is so good to be in God’s presence, it is so good to worship the Lord that the Psalmist is willing to do “crazy and desperate” things, like take a professional “hit” to the resume or give up time on the calendar, if it means spending more time with the Lord. The Psalmist is willing to make drastic trades for the chance that it might mean more opportunities to worship God.

As Christians, here are some major ways we worship and spend time with Jesus…

  • Spending time in His Word. If you want to know who Jesus is, you need to know what He says.
  • Praying to Jesus…without ceasing. Meaning, whatever it might be, whenever it might be, you talk to him first. Thankful for something? Talk to Him. Worried about something? Talk to Him. Confused about something? Talk to Him
  • Worshipping with the people of God. The collective gathering of the saints is a big deal. It is the most visible expression of what heaven will be like. Everyone who loves Jesus, praising Jesus.

I’ve got some more questions for you. And these aren’t hypotheticals.

Is worshipping Jesus at the top of your life’s priority list? How would you need to shuffle your priorities in order to put Jesus at the top? What’s getting in your way of spending more time with Jesus? Anything you need to cut out of your life that is a roadblock to your relationship with Jesus?

Take your cue from the Psalmist. Make changes if necessary. Make trades if necessary. For It is good to be in God’s presence.

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