Better in one day...
I believe this in fits and starts. Experience demonstrates its SO true.
Tim Keller on the Psalms
Psalm 84: 9– 12.
9 Look upon our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one. 10 Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. 12 LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.
BETTER IS ONE DAY.
A day near God is better than a thousand days experiencing anything else (verse 10). To know God and have even the lowest position in life (“ a doorkeeper in the house of my God”) is infinitely better than living in luxury without God (verse 10). This is not hyperbole, for “no good thing does he withhold” (verse 11) from those who trust in him (verse 12). The New Testament will reveal the unimaginable scope of this. If he did not begrudge us his own Son, “how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8: 32). He does this for the sake of his anointed one (verse 9). For Christians this can only be Jesus.
Lord, fellowship with you is the “pearl of great price” (Matthew 13: 45– 46). It is the one treasure that makes everything else look like baubles. Help me see this and incline my heart to desire you, or I won’t endure on this spiritual pilgrimage into your presence. Amen.