Scripture: Psalm 84
Key verses: (1-2; 10)
How lovely is your dwelling place,
O LORD of hosts!
2 My soul longs, indeed it faints
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
10 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 live in the tents of wickedness.
Reflection: I recall singing the contemporary song, “Better is One Day,” in previous churches. There is something about singing this song in God’s house, with God’s people. It’s a sacred experience in a holy place. The chorus repeated over and over again stays in my heart; the world fades away and I feel God’s presence surround me. It goes:
“Better is one day in Your courts,
Better is one day in Your house,
Better is one day in Your courts,
Than thousands elsewhere.”
Today, and in the ancient world, we rejoice at being able to be in the presence of God. In the early verses of the Psalm, people are longing for the sanctuary and celebrating the joy and blessing of journeying to the holy place. It was such a different world then, without all of the modern conveniences that take us to the mountains and beaches for weekends, across the country for vacations, or even Cuba or further for mission trips. As I hum the verses of the contemporary song in my head, I wonder, how can we stay connected to our sanctuary here on Oxford Place as well as find sanctuary across our city, country, and world?
Prayer: God of everywhere, be with us as we worship within the walls of Oxford Place as well as sanctuaries across our communities. Help us see your presence in all places. Amen.
Author: Amy Speas
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].