Listen to today’s devo!

I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. (Ps. 84:10)

Working in the right place can have unique perks. In a previous job at a university campus, I was responsible for coordinating a specific facility’s operations with an assigned custodial team. Bill, one of the custodians, stopped by my office notably excited. Bill was there to say goodbye; he had been offered a position at an athletics building. Even though Bill was not an athlete, while working at that building, he would be treated like a member of the team with many associated benefits. I had nothing to offer him in comparison.

In many ways, being a doorkeeper in the house of God is like Bill’s opportunity. A doorkeeper is not necessarily considered a position of prestige. But the position is necessary, valuable, and the perks can be out of this world if you work in the right place. Bill was going to a place that had worth far greater than his present experience. No question.

We need to be mindful of the distinction between being in or of the house of God. The distinction should shape all our choices, activities, and interests. When you consider the house of God versus the tents of anything else, do you appreciate the awesome difference? If God was a college coach, even if you simply sweep the floors he would place you among the team! God be praised for his goodness!

Meditate on the goodness of God in bringing you into his house.

Paul Zeller is an adult discipleship pastor who enjoys reading history and science-fiction—looking for theological movements in stories. He believes that faithful imagination opens doors for Jesus.

© 2021 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.