Daily Light from the Lighthouse
"For a day in your courts is better than a thousand (anywhere else)."
It seems that every one has their dream place that they want to live. Some have the desire to live on a tropical island surrounded by sand and emerald waters. There are others who long for a mountain hideaway next to a flowing stream and the smell of clean air in the morning. Wherever this place is, most people see it as an escape from their normal world. They want peace and happiness that comes with an "undisturbed" guarantee.
The psalmist had a desire for a place such as this, but it was not in the selfish sense of gratifying the flesh. It was not just a place of comfort and ease that he longed for. Instead, it was a craving of the soul. He felt a desire deep within his spirit to know and experience God on a daily basis. According to him, one day in the presence of the Almighty God would far outweigh his dream escape. A thousand days anywhere else would be a passing shadow compared to one day with the One whom he loved the most.
Paul wrote in the book of Romans that all of creation groaned for the redemption of its fallen state. Even in some of the most successful times of our lives, there is a craving in the human soul that cannot be satisfied by anything in this world. We long to be with God our Maker. We yearn to know His power, comfort, and peace first hand. Our fallen bodies hope for a renewing touch from His warm and healing hand. Yes, just for one day we would love to run into His presence and feel the love of our God first hand. With all of that in mind, imagine that those who are His children will experience this bliss for all of eternity. It will not just be one day in a thousand that we are there. Our greatest hope and dream will come true and never end. That is joy unspeakable and full of glory!
May you live with the desire for the presence of God today!