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I would rather be a doorkeeper...

Posted on November 2, 2018 at 6:15 AM

Psalm 84:10 “For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.  I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.”

This week I have been meditating on what it means to be a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord.  In all honesty, I used to think that this job description was boring.  I thought that being a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord was the most menial of all tasks that we could desire. 

As we live and minister in Africa my perspective has changed based on the culture that we see around us.  Doorkeepers or gatekeepers are a vital role to everyday life.  Each home is surrounded by a tall wall with the only entry point being the gate.  The “doorkeeper" or “guard’s” job is to wait and ancitipate the “Mai Gida” (the owner) arrival and to welcome him back by opening up the gate to his home. 

My son, Isaiah, often plays the part of the “doorkeeper” here at our home.  When he hears the sound of our V6 landcruiser engine outside the door, he runs and joyfully opens the gate to let us in. May we all, like my son, eagerly anticipate the presence of the Lord, and when we hear Him, joyfully open up the gates of our heart and let our Lord come in.


As a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord we are called to receive and release God’s kingdom in our lives.  We are called to be doorkeepers that eagerly anticipate our heavenly father’s presence.  Our job is to receive Him with joy and let His presence flow through us to a needy and dying world.  What a privilege it is to be a doorkeeper in the house of our God!  Let our lives be the “hotspot” of the Lord’s presence.  Let our lives be filled with the presence of our Lord and King.  What a privilege it is to serve as a doorkeeper in the house of our God!

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