Psa. 84:10 ¶ 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 dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Ambition is like a two edged sword. Left unchecked, human ambition leads to a multitude of sins. On the other hand, ambition bridled by the plans and purposes of God leads us into some powerful territory. David was a classic example. His predecessor, Saul, fell into the ditch pursuing the kingdom with human ambition. David was able to harness his ambition in all those years he was hidden away in a cave leaving his future in the hand of God. When the day arrived he was ready. He came to understand that God’s ways are higher than our ways and that waiting on Him is essential in order to have God’s best in our lives. Not only did David ascend to the throne in Jerusalem, he also led Israel into their greatest time of revival. He instituted 24 hour worship which was the result of years worshipping God alone in the wilderness of Judea. Here are Spurgeon’s thoughts on today’s verse.
“Under the most favorable circumstances in which earth’s pleasures can be enjoyed, they are not comparable by so much as one in a thousand to the delights of the service of God. To feel his love, to rejoice in the person of the anointed Savior, to survey the promises and feel the power of the Holy Ghost in applying precious truth to the soul, is a joy which worldlings cannot understand, but which true believers are ravished with. Even a glimpse at the love of God is better than ages spent in the pleasures of sense. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. The lowest station in connection with the Lord’s house is better than the highest position among the godless. Only to wait at his threshold and peep within, so as to see Jesus, is bliss. To bear burdens and open doors for the Lord is more honor than to reign among the wicked. Every man has his choice, and this is ours. God’s worst is better than the devil’s best.”
Have you come to that place in your life? This cuts to the heart of human ambition, I would rather be a door keeper at church than a famous entity in the world. God’s plan for your life is more rewarding than anything you can cook up on your own.