“For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
The psalmist tells us in the above verse that his best time was the worship time in God’s house and his best place was the house of God. To a child of God, the best time and place in this world of sin ought to be where God’s people gather together to worship and pray.
There is no time like the time spent in God’s house! One day in the house of God (“thy courts”) was more beneficial than living a thousand days elsewhere! So the psalmist said, “I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God”. Even serving the Lord at the door of the house of God is a very great and delightful experience.
In His courts, our minds are drawn to His greatness and goodness. There, we enter into His presence and have the blessed opportunity to rejoice in His wonderful truths and works. When we go to the house of our heavenly Father, He teaches us His wonderful, glorious, beautiful truths. In His house, we are blessed by hymns, prayers, reading of the Scriptures. Through the meditation of His Word, we hear God speaking from heaven to us! In the sacraments (baptism and Holy Communion), we have blessed communion with our Saviour! Oh, how wonderful it is to draw near to God in His house!
So David said, even serving at the door of God’s house is better than enjoying luxurious pleasures offered in houses of wickedness. “God’s (so-called) worst is better than the devil’s best!”God’s doorstep affords a happier rest than the majestic pavilions of sinners living the high life and pursuing a lifetime of luxury!