One day in the courts of the Lord is better than a thousand elsewhere. King David said that, a man who had many things, many pleasures to enjoy. You think he would prefer the thousand days to enjoy all the privileges that life had brought him, but no. He says I’d give up a thousand if I could just have one day to be near God. If David was willing to make this deal then one thing is clear, God must be very good. A day with God must bring such joy that it’s as if all the pleasure of a lifetime were packed into that moment with the Lord. And to be separated from him then must be the darkest nightmare anyone has ever dreamed.
Paul says that we who once were separated from God have been brought near by the blood of Christ (Eph. 2:13). Christian, you are near God. We have communion with him. We have a close relationship with the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. The bible says this God is “the blessed and only Sovereign the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light” (1 Tim. 6:15-16). Somehow, Christians now dwell with this Almighty unapproachable God.
If this is true then life can never be the same. There is no such thing as a mundane task or a meaningless day. Cooking breakfast for the kids, doing business with colleagues, taking out the trash, and driving home from work are all tasks that are done in the presence of the living God who is a consuming fire. God’s presence in our lives changes the boring to the extraordinary. Remember Christian that all day every day, you are standing on holy ground.