Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Better is One Day

In my quiet time this morning, I was reading from Psalms. I love the fact that many of the Psalms and other scripture have been put to music. Even as I was reading the words of Psalm 84, the songs resonated in my heart and my mind. They go with me everywhere because they are a part of me. That scripture (even if I never remember the reference) is a part of me and goes with me. I guess this speaks so deeply to me because of the big role that music has always played in my life. My high school French teacher once made the statement that I would remember anything that was set to music and it's true! To this day, I still remember which French verbs are conjugated with Etre. Think how much greater it is that thanks to so many talented singers and songwriters, I can remember scripture through music.

"Better than One Day" is a song written from portions of Psalm 84, which I read today. Enjoy the link below (a version by one of my favorite bands--Kutless) and maybe the scripture from Psalm 84 will stick with you too.

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Psalm 84

 1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
   LORD Almighty!
2 My soul yearns, even faints,
   for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out
   for the living God.
3 Even the sparrow has found a home,
   and the swallow a nest for herself,
   where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,
   LORD Almighty, my King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
   they are ever praising you.[c]
 5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
   whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baka,
   they make it a place of springs;
   the autumn rains also cover it with pools.[d]
7 They go from strength to strength,
   till each appears before God in Zion.
 8 Hear my prayer, LORD God Almighty;
   listen to me, God of Jacob.
9 Look on our shield,[e] O God;
   look with favor on your anointed one.
 10 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.
11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
   the LORD bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
   from those whose walk is blameless.
 12 LORD Almighty,
   blessed is the one who trusts in you.


  1. I love Psalms 84! My heart yearns and thirsts for God! I want Him so much!

  2. Jenifer, thanks for reading. I also love the Psalms and was particularly thankful for this one this morning. It was truly what I needed.

  3. this one was good and condensed. i agree with what you said. plus this is one of my favorite worship songs ever. !

  4. Love that Psalm and this song. Haven't heard it in awhile either. It brings me back to a time in my life when I was finally done running away from God. "Better is one day in your house than a 1000 elsewhere" So very true

  5. So beautiful. I can think of no better way top learn scripture by heart!

  6. Eileen, It is a great song. I am glad that it holds such deep meaning for you.

    Colleen, I agree about music being the best way to learn music--at least for me.

  7. I love this song and the band Kutless! I am one of those people that remembers scripture when it is set in a song.

    Blessings to you.

  8. Kandi, I am glad that you love Kutless. They are a totally under-appreciated group. Strong Tower is my favorite album so far although I like them all.