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One day vs. 1000 – Doorkeeper vs. Resident

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. (Psalm 84:10 NIV)[/excerpt]

This verse brings to mind the story of the lost (aka prodigal) son. You know the story of how the son left, where he went and what he did. But I love the part of the story where the prodigal son “came to his senses.” Then rather than crying out for freedom, like he was before he left home, he was saying, I would rather be a servant in my father’s house than spend one more day sharing dinner with the swine.

The heart that has seen how empty the world is, cries out for the presence of the Father. The heart of the elder brother got all jealous about the party the father threw for that wreck of a brother. But the newly found son was not looking for a party, or a robe, or a ring, or even sandals. He just wanted to get back to his fathers house, even as a servant.

He knew now that it is better to be a servant in the house of the Lord than to be “totally free.”

Have you been running from the presence of the Lord? Good news, when we turn our hearts back to the Father, He comes running to greet us.

Thanks for stopping in this evening.

Come back soon


- note – this was a post by email. I am trying to learn the tools.

0 thoughts on “One day vs. 1000 – Doorkeeper vs. Resident

  1. Caddo Veil

    Sometimes it takes awhile to realize there's true Freedom--after you've been captured by Christ (and yes, I do have a poem coming up soon, called "Captured"!). God bless you Ben--kudos for persevering with the technical tricks! love, sis Caddo

  2. robind333

    The story of the prodigal son is definitely one of my favorites..And this is how I see Jesus to his children who have wandered off...his arms are open wide ready to receive all who trust and believe in him....Such a wonderful post...thank you for sharing...many, many blessings to you..Robin

    1. Ben Nelson

      It is such a great picture of Father God - one of these days I plan to blog through some of the parables in depth, but that one just struck me.

      Thanks for your kinds words.


  3. meetingintheclouds

    "Make me a captive, Lord, and then I shall be free: Force me to render up my sword, and I shall conqueror be." - so wrote George Matheson in his 'hymn of contradictions'

    We search for freedom and satisfaction and come up empty until we meet the Lord Jesus. When we yield to His Lordship; when we become captive to His enormous love, mercy and grace, we find absolute freedom and we gain complete satisfaction.

    What an amazing triune God!


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