Woke up singing “All of my life, in every season, You are still God, I have a reason to sing, I have a reason to worship.” These are lyrics from DESERT SONG. A wonderful reminder that no matter where we are, no matter if we are up or down or experiencing a season of abundance or famine, He is still God. He is still sovereign. And He loves us. You may be in a season that is completely different than the last one. As different as Summer is to Fall. You may be no where near where you thought you’d be right now, or you may be closer than you expected. Whatever the season is, don’t miss the lesson God is trying to teach you. Maybe you need to set aside some time in your day to spend with God. Or simply maximize of the pockets of “free/wasted time” you have to include God in your day. There doesn’t need to be any pomp & circumstance, just a willingness to say, “Hey God, spending time with you (here in the car on my way to work) means a lot to me. I see Your Hand at work all around me. Thank you for another day.”
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While reading Psalm 84:10, I was reminded of that song “Better is One Day”. The song says “Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere”. The message translation says, “10-12 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.” Another translation says, “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, then dwell in the tents of the wicked.” Wow! Gotta sit here for a minute and think about it.
Scrubbing floors or holding doors don’t sound like the most appealing things alone in themselves. Greek island beaches or an ALL-ACCESS pass to someone’s pimped out crib sounds like fun, doesn’t it? But it can’t compare (not even for a second) to being where God is; to being present to experience His glorious presence. That’s unbeatable!
Now wait a minute. Here’s something else I just noticed about this passage and that is that is has us at a place of serving. “Doorkeeper” or “scrubbing floors” like a servant. Humble positions indeed. Serving is a remarkable thing that should never be underestimated or devalued. It teaches us about humility (and we all need to eat humble pie every now and then, especially when it is very easy to have pride and think that we are better than or more privileged than those who serve us or work in customer service). The truth is, Jesus came and served and showed the greatness of serving. He served the multitudes and he washed His disciples dirty, stinky feet. I believe that serving is an act of love and humility that teaches us how to be more like Christ. Did I just write that?? 🙂 The King didn’t come to be served, but to serve. So let me ask you something: Where is the position of your heart – to serve or be served?Let’s look for ways that we can serve others today. Maybe it is holding a door open for someone. Or maybe it is going out of your way to help someone in need – not looking for anything in return; for pleasing God, becoming like God and experiencing His presence while serving is worth more than anything this world can offer! Have a great week!