I Had Rather Be a Doorkeeper


Psalms 84 is a joy to read, as are other psalms. This one speaks of God’s amiable tabernacles. To me, the psalm rings out with the joy of praising God, of fellowshipping with other believers, and of resting in the peace that can only come from God Almighty.

In the New Testament, Christians are the tabernacles of God.

1 Corinthians 3.16, 17 Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple, and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

2 Peter 1.13 – 15 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.

Verse 10 of Psalms 84 jumps out at me: 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.

We are, in fact, doorkeepers. I often got the impression that a doorkeeper was a rather lowly position, with the writer setting it in such terms. Of course, I had rather be anything at all than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

But doorkeepers are not lowly at all! We have a critical position: doorkeepers are guards and must therefore always be alert for any dangers, any threats to the tabernacle. And if there are dangers, the doorkeeper must use every available weapon and strength to defend the tabernacle, even unto death.

As doorkeepers of God’s tabernacle (or temple), we have a grave responsibility to protect and defend the Holy Spirit within us. We have the Light of God Himself within us, and we are to keep that light polished and shining. We are not to allow darkness or evil or any unclean thing to defile this tabernacle. In addition, we are to remain in training for a strong defense: we must read the Word of God daily so that we may stand firm, with our loins girded with truth, and having the breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6.14).

Rejoice in your position as doorkeeper to God’s tabernacle: He has anointed you with a divine blessing.

Psalms 84:

{To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.} How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!

My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God.

Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.

They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.

Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.

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.

For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

* Image of Brocken spectre from Bing images

7 thoughts on “I Had Rather Be a Doorkeeper

    1. The psalms were written for singing! Thanks for the link.
      Songs of lament… I guess I see so many of them as praise. Yes, there is a lot of lamenting, but when they do, they end up hoping in God, or praising Him for deliverance. Like Jeremiah, the book of Psalms is seated in the heart, emotions, feelings. Because God designed and created us with such emotions, the psalms run the gamut of all of them.

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