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My soul longs, yea, even faints
For the courts of the LORD;
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God...
For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather wait at the threshold in the house of my God
Than be at rest in the abodes of iniquity.
~ Psalms 84:2,10
Most translations of Psalm 84:10 read "I would rather be a doorkeeper" instead of "wait at the threshold." The Hebrew sâphaph has a literal meaning of standing or waiting at a threshold—a rather low and inconspicuous position, removed from anything of significance or interest.
The Christian life might occasionally seem like waiting long, our good deeds mired in obscurity, while we miss out on the rest that might be had if we didn't continually stand against a tide of popular opinion.
Who signs up for a position of simply waiting, unable to take pleasure in either eminence or leisure?
Those who are content to merely be in proximity to the King, considering themselves worthy of nothing more.
Precious Lord, we fail to do even as we are commanded. Anything we have done is no more than our duty. Fill us with gratitude for the favor You show unprofitable servants who yearn, yea, even faint for Your presnce.
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