A Day in Your Courts

Text: Psalm 84:10-12

This psalm describes the desire to be in the place where God would be worshiped. The desire for the psalmist for the “courts of the Lord” (Psalm 84:2) should be the same desire that we have. We should desire to be in the place where God is worshiped.

The Comparison

  • A day in His courts vs. a thousand outside – no comparison; worshiping God should be seen as a privilege, honor, and blessing (Psalm 122:1)
  • Standing at His threshold vs. dwelling in the tents of wickedness – this is about occupying the lowliest position; unlike the Pharisees, we do not come to worship God for our own comfort or recognition (Matthew 23:6); no matter what the “inconvenience,” worshiping God is better than anything else we might do

What the Lord Gives (Why He Is Worthy to Be Praised)

  • He gives light – light reveals what is hidden by darkness; He has revealed His will (1 Corinthians 2:10-12, 16, 7); He has shown us the way (John 14:6; Hebrews 10:19-22; Jeremiah 10:23)
  • He gives protection – necessary because of the dangers around us; we have an adversary seeking to destroy us (1 Peter 5:8), but he has been crippled (Hebrews 2:14); we face trouble in life (Job 14:1), but the Lord will not forsake us (Hebrews 13:5-6)
  • He gives grace – the favor of God which we do not deserve; the only thing we have “earned” from God is punishment (Romans 6:23); we must seek His favor above all others (Galatians 1:10)
  • He gives glory – honor that is bestowed upon someone; we have an exalted position as His children (1 John 3:1); more than that, we await the glory and honor we will receive when the Lord returns (1 Peter 5:6; 1:6-7)
  • He gives every good thing (light, protection, grace, glory, etc.) – this should cause us to show gratitude (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Hebrews 12:28)

What the Lord Requires (What We Must Do for Our Worship to Be Accepted)

  • Walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11) – based upon the standard given by God in His word (Colossians 1:10; 2 Timothy 3:16-17); He expects us to be obedient (James 1:22; Matthew 28:20); must be a wholehearted commitment (Romans 12:1)
  • Trust in Him (Psalm 84:12) – have faith in God; more than just a belief in the existence of God (James 2:19); this is the confidence that God and His ways are right (Psalm 119:160; Isaiah 55:8-9); therefore, we follow Him (Jeremiah 10:23; Proverbs 3:5-7); as a result, we will be blessed

Conclusion

  • It is a great privilege to assemble to worship God in this life
  • Even greater is the hope we have of praising God for eternity in heaven
  • We need to recognize how much better it will be in heaven and live our lives accordingly