September 23 (Psalm 84:10)
A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else!I would rather be a gatekeeper
in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.
Most people who claim to be Christian would say that Jesus is wonderful and the Bible is great, and they could go on to list many other things about their faith that bring them joy. Now, stop and ask yourself this. If you had nothing else but Jesus and God’s word…no music, no Internet, no car, no job, no sports, no family, no house, no whatever that thing is that is your favorite in all the world…would that be enough?
I love my family more than anything else on earth, and I love a lot of stuff on earth. Music and poetry and the natural wonders of state and national parks thrill me. I take genuine pleasure in such things, and am grateful to God not only for His creation and what He has inspired through others, but for the eyes and ears with which to appreciate them. And my family, well, I sometimes become downright giddy with joy over them. My foot taps the accelerator a bit harder on my way home after work.
But when I take time to enter into the presence of God, when I sit with Him in prayer or ponder His words in Scripture, then I know that there is truly nothing I prefer to Him. It is not that I enjoy the pleasures of life or love my family less, but that I desire Him more. Such desire burns brightly when I turn my heart to Him, but it will only burn that way when He, and nothing else, is my heart’s focus.
Lord, thank You for the endless blessings of this life. Even in times of illness and suffering, You have poured out on us more blessing than we could possibly comprehend. Yet today I turn my focus from the things You have given me directly to You. May You and You alone fill my mind and heart and be all that I desire. I pray in the name of Jesus, amen.
Copyright © 2018 by Steven R. Perkins