“One day within your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. The threshold of the house of God I prefer to the dwellings of the wicked.” (Psalm 84:11)
I love this psalm – and this verse of the psalm in particular. When I hear it, I envision the ancient Jews longing to make a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. I remember that conservative Roman Catholics consider their Church to be the one true house of God. They consider themselves to be safe and blessed as members of the true house of God. I remember lavish cathedrals as well as tiny shrines that embodied “the house of God” for me.
Yet the verse also reminds me of holy, mystical experiences out in the natural world – on beaches, in forests, near waterfalls. Such places are houses of God, too.
Lately, the verse reminds me that each one of us has been blessed with a heart and soul to house God. Each of us is a house for God – if only we make room for Him, remember Him, and praise Him every moment in our small and large ways. We need not fear the so-called “dwellings of the wicked,” because God is within. He is constantly loving us. When we love Him in return, we sense His presence with us no matter where we happen to be.