Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Dwelling with God Psalm 84
Vs.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
What is happiness. How can it be achieved. Psalm 84
gives us some insights into this. 1. "Happy
are those who live in your house"
How do you feel about attending church? Is it something we look
forward to? For some, church is a place to socialize with their
friends, and they would look forward to seeing them every week.
However, church is a place where great things can happen. It gives us
a glimpse of what Heaven would look like. It is a place where
God is praised, and where people encourage each other. Christians can
look to other Christians for guidance, amongst other things.
According to this Psalm, our worship starts with a focus on God. The
writer of this Psalm longs to worship God and spend time with Him. He
is excited to the point of even fainting for Him! Are we longing for
God during church?
are those whose strength is in you."
Many a time we are lulled into a false sense of our own strength and
power but we will not be able to enjoy God's power unless we own up
to our own weaknesses. If a Christian thinks that he can fight the
battle with Satan alone, he is doomed to failure and will succumb to
pressure. As the psalmist proclaims, God will give us strength in our
times of weaknesses.
3. "Happy is everyone who trusts in you, O Lord of hosts."
"Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in
the name of the Lord our God." Psalm 20:7. Can we say that our
trust is not in our wealth, strength or prestige. If we can sincerely
say that we will walk uprightly, then the Lord will not withhold any
good things from us.
The psalmist realizes that his happiness lies in just being in
the presence of God. He would rather be in a lowly position
in the temple of God than spend a thousand days elsewhere. When we
get our minds focused on God, we realize that one day in church
worshipping God is better than spending it anywhere else.
we come to terms with worshipping God in church and understand what
it truly means to go to church.
Father, we lift up our hands as we worship
and praise You. We thank You for all of the blessings You’ve given us
today. Let us understand what it means to dwell with You in church and
how that might change the way we view Heaven. Amen. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
There is nothing greater than being in the
presence of God.
Jessie Samuel, St. Andrews MTC, NY Christian
Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church