Do you remember the television series St. Elsewhere? The show was a hospital drama of doctors dealing with the day-to-day reality of working in a big city hospital; St. Eligius Hospital in Boston. My guess is that the show was titled St. Elsewhere, because deep down, perhaps, the fictional doctors wanted to be anywhere else than St. Eligius Hospital.
I love to read and reading God’s word is no exception and while all of God’s word is delightful to my soul, yes even those harsh area’s we sometimes ask, “why?”, I do have my favorite books. I love the books of the prophets, Isaiah is my favorite with Jeremiah, Joshua and even Zechariah as a close second. I know of others who love to read through the Psalms and Proverbs several times a year along with their daily devotional reading. I have never fallen in love with the Psalms. In fact, for years I have always rushed through reading the Psalms. But, this year I am reading through the Bible in chronological order and not all of the Psalms are grouped together nor are they in numerical order. For some reason many of the Psalms stand out at me, which seems like, for the very first time.
This morning I read this verse.
Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere. Psalm 84:10a.
A thousand elsewhere. Where do you spend your elsewhere? What does it look like to spend one day in His courts? And, if one day in his courts is better than a thousand days somewhere else, why wouldn’t we want to spend everyday in his courts as opposed to simply one day?
Will you spend your days in elsewhere fretting over the condition of the world? Or, will you spend your days in his courts praying for the salvation of the nations?
Unlike the fictional characters of St. Elsewhere,
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD. Psalm 84:2a.