Words from the Heart for Tuesday March 16th, 2021
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness.
Psalm 84:10 (NRSV)
A Day in Your Courts
Spanning four housing blocks, the Sussex Courtyards feature one of Ottawa’s oldest neighbourhoods. The courtyards provide a unique historical urban experience in Canada’s Capital. Within the Courtyards are five courts. One of them, Tin House Court, features an unusual work of art created by tinsmith Honoré Foisy, who lived in Lowertown between 1902 and 1916. He worked for years to embellish his house with hundreds of hand-sized pieces of tin, meticulously soldered to form this elaborate decoration.
I once read about a man who had been a successful restauranteur in England but gave it all up to serve as a butler in Buckingham Palace – at less than $20,000 a year salary. When asked why he would do such a thing he said, “I get to live in Buckingham Palace and serve the Queen.” King David understood this. He was one of the most powerful men in his world, and yet he wrote, in Psalm 84:10: “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness.” David understood a principle that all followers of Jesus should understand – there is no better life than that of walking with Jesus and serving the Living God. As children of the King of kings, we get to live in His presence day by day, walking with him, serving him, worshipping him. We enjoy every blessing that He pours out on those who love Him. King David was willing to give up being King, even it meant he was simple doorman in God’s House. There is no better place to be.
These have been words from the heart.