The psalm is for the sons of Korah and we read mention of their service, “…the son of Korah, and his brethren, of the house of his father, the Korahites, were over the work of the service, keepers of the gates of the tabernacle: and their fathers, being over the host of the Lord, were keepers of the entry(1 Chr.9:19)”. They belonged to the clan of Kohathite clan of the Levites. These brothers were part of the music associated with temple service,- and they are credited with eleven psalms. While we consider the verse “…I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness” we may assume sublimity of their thought matches any of psalms from King David. The Shepherd king’s psalms are redolent with outdoor living and truth of inner conflicts as theirs do smell of priestly service. When God inspires any one for His service what he offers is poetry that for loftiness no art of man can match. ‘This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes(Ps.118:23)”. Before we go into the mystery of inspiration we see some of the Romantic poets in their odes speaking truth of human experience, and these never fail to impress man. But when God breathes what the Spirit adds to man is a 360° view of the ‘now’. When King Ahaz was faced with the envy of Samaria and a league concluded between Israel and King of Syria was a threat, he concluded a treaty with Assyria. Is it not how nations gravitate into blocks in order to ward off an invasion? Have such pacts helped nations to bring lasting peace? Present Islamic threat and IS owes to the US intervention in Afghanistan in the 80s. King Ahaz did not anticipate Assyria would renege on their former pact. God had 360° vision of nations. When God the Spirit breathes on the brothers of Korah or Asaph they are helped by the divine breadth of vision which no man can attain by his own strengths. The Bard of Avon is a genius but can anything that he has written match Psalm 23?
We shall analyze the mode of inversion employed by the Spirit in this v.10:”For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” We have a similar verse where St Peter holds a ratio of the number one with 1000. “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day(2 Pe.3:8)”. In order to understand its relevance to which the Apostle prefaces with this clause ‘be not ignorant of this one thing. So this is a key to understand the working of the heaven and the earth where the time is set on two varying speeds. ‘”But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men(v.7).From the verses given about the dissolution of the old and coming of new heaven and the new earth it is for our salvation. What is remaining after the former things are dissolved we have new heaven and the earth, “wherein dwelleth righteousness./14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless”. This mode of inversion is valid for the old. In eternity we are found in him and the glory of God is our glory. As spiritual bodies Time is God’s Time.
Here the Psalmist speaks of the blessedness of one day in His courts better than thousand in the tents of wickedness. One day signifies the earth while thousand for heaven. The key to our meditations is one day communing with our hearts spiritually edifies as fed from heaven (river of God, the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock -Ps.81:16,10) On the other hand tents of wickedness merely robs you something precious.
God sending the Son to earth and salvation of His blood redeeming saints for the heaven is the basis for mode of inversion. His Alpha Omega aspect similarly establishes the Redeemer as the Captain of our salvation who makes us perfect (He.2:10). By limiting the Bible, God document with literal approach of great many theologians has robbed us of the wonders and miracles, and His wonderful ways! With puny intellect and scholarship of making a hotchpotch of human knowledge how many heresies they have spawned? They were like blind leading the blind. Many teachers of the Bible have purposely set up cults some of which ended in bloodshed. These false teachers have been in service of antichrist to deflect the fear of God to serve mammon instead. Jesus Christ taught us to ‘learn of him’ but the modern ecumenism would rather Photoshop him to human and nothing more.
O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.
9 Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.
10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to 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 them that walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.