That morning, as I was battling with this “insult” to my “personal value and significance” (HA!), we started to sing the next song in the worship set. One of the songs perfectly chosen by God through His chosen instrument had these words:
How lovely is your dwelling place, Oh Lord Almighty…My soul yearns and even faints for you. Better is one day in your courts…than thousands elsewhere.
I LAUGHED out loud! My previous experience with studying the bible caused me to recall the psalm that this song is based on. If you have a bible handy, turn to Psalm 84. Or click here to find it online. Have a look at the notation that most modern translations include before verse one. It tells us who wrote this particular psalm. Do you see it?
The Sons of Korah wrote this particular psalm!
And who are the Sons of Korah? They are the descendents of the man who led the rebellion mentioned in Numbers 16–you know, the guy who wanted a “better job at church?” The one who wanted to LEAD worship instead of serve in another capacity? Do you see the irony! Oh, my, does God ever have a sense of humor!
Here are verses 1 and 2 of Psalm 84:
How lovely is your dwelling place,
O LORD Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.
and verse 10 says:
Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
The gentleman in church in charge of “greeters” had just asked our family–me included–to be a greeter. Where does a greeter typically stand on Sunday morning? 🙂 At the DOOR!
Better to be a greeter at the door–a “doorkeeper”–than to be up on that stage when HE HAS NOT CALLED ME TO BE!
If I am not called to be up there and I am up there, the best case scenario is I can do a good job in my flesh, but it will be empty of the Spirit’s power. Who wants that? The worst case scenario is I can do something really stupid and end up humiliated…er…I mean humbled. Well, I don’t really want to do that either! NO THANKS!
The same day that all of this happened, after church I ran into the guy who was the “back up worship team leader” at a restaurant in our little town. He asked me if I would like to help out by being on the back up worship team that would fill in when the main worship leader was out of town. HA! Coincidence? No…I don’t think so…and not only that, but some weeks later when it was finally time for my first experience on the worship team, what song did the back up leader choose for us to sing? “Better is ONE DAY!!!!”
Ok, Ok! I get it God! (Er…I hope! LOL!)
I do NOT want to be a Korah. I want to be a son of Korah!
…to be continued…