The other day I was driving in my car when the song, “Better is One Day” started playing on my playlist. The song by Matt Redman takes the truth that is expressed by the Psalmist when he writes:
Psalm 84:10–12 (CSB)
10 Better a day in your courts
than a thousand anywhere else.
I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
than live in the tents of wicked people.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield.
The Lord grants favor and honor;
he does not withhold the good
from those who live with integrity.
12 Happy is the person who trusts in you,
Lord of Armies!
As I began to meditate on this Biblical truth, I did the quick math; that would mean one day in worship is better than nearly three years without God. As we continue to deal with the Covid-19 crisis, I know that many are still needing to stay at home on Sundays to keep themselves safe. But I cannot imagine living for three years without the celebration of worship. That would be an empty life for me.
On the other side of the spectrum, imagine living this truth out in your life. What if we made the conscious effort to live each day intentionally aware of the presence of God in our lives? This is the goal of the follower of Christ, to live each day focused on God. And through the work of Christ it is not an unobtainable goal. 2 Corinthians 5:18–19 (CSB) “Everything is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. 19 That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and he has committed the message of reconciliation to us.”
No wonder Paul reminded us that we are Temples of the Holy Spirit. Live each day in the Joy of God’s presence and worship Him each and every day in the intimacy made possible by the wonderful work of Christ. Can you imagine what a month of Sundays would be like?
Dear God, Help me live each day in the wonder of your presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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