…Being a doorkeeper in the house of God
Published 4:56 pm Thursday, January 20, 2022
BY REV. RAY AMOS
“I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” Psalm 84:10
It has been said, and I know that it is true, that a person can never be too small to serve in God’s kingdom, but some can be too big. Christianity is not attractive to the self-serving, the lovers of pleasure, and those who demand their way. If you wish to find true life with Jesus It requires a humble and down on your knees spirit of servanthood.
Christ’s kingdom is made up of those who believe that the Gospel is worth living. People who are ready and willing to say, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”
Being a doorkeeper may not seem like a prestigious job, but when the Lord puts you there it is most important work that you can do. No matter what anyone’s work is in the kingdom; remember that the power and glory belong to God, and we are servants. To lose that understanding is to soon be in the Lord’s way, rather than on the way with him.
Psalm 84 is about the joy of dwelling with God, and the beauty of his house. It is better to be a doorkeeper there than to be living in the house of wickedness. I sincerely pray that we will never lose the joy of being as close to God as we can get. Then we will always hunger to worship the Lord with all our heart.
When we love the Lord, anything that we can do in his name is never too much or too little. In the church, it is the people who work side by side who get to know each other. The same is true with Christ. It is those who walk with him, and work by his side who discover the way of joy.
The song says:
“I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause.
I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause.
I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame.
I’d rather be true to His holy name
Than to be the king of a vast domain
Or be held in sin’s dread sway.
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.”
(The Rev. Ray Amos is pastor of First United Methodist Church, Elizabethton, and prepares a daily devotion, which is printed each day on the church’s website.)