Better Is One Day

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Verse 1:


How lovely is Your dwelling place O Lord Almighty

For my soul longs and even faints for You

For here my heart is satisfied within Your presence

I sing beneath the shadow of Your wings


Verse 2:


One thing I ask and I would seek to see Your beauty

To find You in the place Your glory dwells

One thing I ask and I would seek to see Your beauty

To find You in the place Your glory dwells


Bridge:


My heart and flesh cry out for You the living God

Your Spirit's water to my soul

I've tasted and I've seen come once again to me

I will draw near to You

I will draw near to You


Chorus:


Better is one day in Your courts

Better is one day in Your house

Better is one day in Your courts than thousands elsewhere

Better is one day in Your courts

Better is one day in Your house

Better is one day in Your courts than thousands elsewhere

Than thousands elsewhere


devotion

One day I went to have a talk with my Pastor. I do this sometimes. But this particular day I found myself crying and not being able to stop. No reason, just crying. Of course he asked me what was wrong. I couldn't tell him as I didn't feel that anything was wrong at that time. It was just uncontrolled crying.


He gave me a book to read...'The Way Of The Heart' by Henri Nouwen. He said that I needed to read it. It is about 'solitude, silence, and prayer.' What a great little book! It's all about spending time in the presence of God, dwelling in His courts. Needless to say, I have found that this is the best place to be. I rise early every morning so I can spend time with God. I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word - Psalm 119:147. I have found that if I don't spend this time with God, my entire day is a disaster. This has become my nourishment and my greatest desire each and every day. As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?' - Psalm 42:1-2.   


God is found in the silence and solitude of your prayer time. Jesus went off to be by himself quite often in the Bible, as He knew this was where He could find His Father. In these days he set out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God - Luke 6:12. But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray - Luke 5:16.

The greatest prayer of Jesus to the Father was in the Garden of Gethsemane - Going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as your will." - Matthew 26:39. Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, "My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done." - Matthew 26:42. So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again - Matthew 26:44. Jesus knew, spiritually, His Father was in complete control of His life, no matter what that would be. It was the humanity in Him that was crying out for release. In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered - Hebrews 5:7-8. 


Our humanity cries out for release from all the pain and brokenness of this world. Cry out for the living God, whose Spirit is food and water for your soul, and He will give you the strength to bear whatever comes against you. Suffering of some kind is a given while we are on this earth, but knowing, really knowing, God will override any kind of suffering that you may experience. It is through our suffering that we too, like Jesus, will learn about obedience to God. If through suffering we stay obedient to Him, looking to Him for strength to persevere, we WILL NOT LOSE. No weapon forged against you will prevail - Isaiah 54:17.

So we know that prayer is one way to experience God's courts, but there is yet another way - Spending time in the presence and fellowship of other Christians, celebrating and worshiping God. By doing this, you will gain strength in the Lord and learn just what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Find a good church where your soul will get fed. Spend time with the people. Listen to them. Learn from them. Maybe attend a class or Bible study. Ask questions. It's just like any other subject you decide to learn about. Learning about God takes time, patience, and perseverance. Oh, but what a ride it will be!


How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God - Psalm 84:1-2.


He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." - Psalm 91:1-2.  


Let God's Spirit enter into your spirit and you, also, will find that better is one day in His courts than thousands elsewhere.


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