The Sons of Korah wrote this psalm about the House of God. The writer begins:
1 How lovely is Your tabernacle,
O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, yes, even faints
For the courts of the Lord;
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
The joy found in the house of God is apparent in the writer’s praise of His house. He speaks of its welcoming nature, where even sparrows can nest and swallows lay their young. He goes on to describe the strength gained from being in the Lord, and the refreshing like water of knowing Him. He sees the house of God as a shield to those who serve God. He sums up the psalm with the following verse:
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.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
Blessed is the man who trusts in You!
In Israel, the House of God was the placed where His presence dwelled. Although seen as omnipresent even then, the concentration, the place of worship of His presence, was in the temple or tabernacle of God. Therefore, being in the House of God was dwelling in His presence in an almost tangible way. Today, we gather together in the house of God in order to worship corporately. However, the presence of God is not restricted to a building, a church, a temple. No, God dwells in the heart of each believer and, as such, gives us all the benefits of His house wherever we may go. That does not negate the need for corporate worship. We should still go to church and worship with like-minded believers regularly. However, the benefits of His presence are available to us at all times if we live in loving relationship with God. Better is one day in His courts than thousands elsewhere! Live in His courts daily.