My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.
Sometimes I wonder if we take our forgiveness for granted at times. Have we lost the urgency of repentance? What if Jesus had not atoned for us and we had to bring an actual offering to the Lord each time we needed forgiveness. Do you think we would be more aware of our wrong-doing? Would we pay more attention in making sure we were right with God? How much time would we spend in the courts of the Lord?
The outer court of the tabernacle was such a special place. A place of repentance, sacrifice and reconciliation; a place in which you could physically draw near to the presence of God and receive His forgiveness. The Psalmist longs for a time of intimate, soulful interaction with Jehovah, a time of thanksgiving and praise. His whole body sings for joy to the living God, not an idol of stone or wood, a living breathing God. The only God who can bring hope from despair, joy from sorrow and forgiveness from sin.
Where is your ‘court-of-the-Lord’, your place of repentance, sacrifice and reconciliation? Where do you go to draw near to God and receive His forgiveness? Church – your bedroom – walking in a park? Truth is, it doesn’t matter where it is as long as you go, and what a place it is…
‘For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere ‘(v10).