O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah.
Behold our shield, O God, and look upon the face of Your anointed.
For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.
I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
O Lord of hosts, how blessed is the man who trusts in You! Psalm 84:8-12
The only ones that will be playing harps in heaven are those who want to (or those who are playing harps today). You see, that was my greatest fear of heaven before I was a believer… its going to be boring. Not so! That’s a little subtle lie that come from the enemy of our soul. The more you get to know the God of the Bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the more you discover heaven is more about the person of God than the place of God. Some think going to heaven is like the dread you felt going to grandma’s house, expecting to sit around listening to old people talk. In reality, we loved going to grandmas house! Why? We knew grandma and we experienced her love.
The Psalmist (one of Korah’s sons) really figured it out. It will be better to be on the doorstep or threshold of heaven for just a moment, than a thousand days anywhere else. Why? There I will, know my eternal purpose, righteousness, the mystery of Jesus, I’ll see the God who loves me and made me, I’ll have a reunion with beloved believers, absent of sin, full of peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, with full knowledge, unbounded creativity, and on and on it goes.
But, you know who will be unfit for heaven? Those who don’t know Him (Jesus Christ). I don’t say that in a mean way, but rather a challenge to get to know Him in this life. This Christmas, put your faith in trust in the One who died for your sins and rose for your justification. Open your heart in prayer and receive Him. Start the journey toward heaven.
Where do I want to be… here in this world? or in heaven?
God, I do love the vestiges of Your imprint in this world, but I am conscious of sin, evil, hurt and pain. I long for the heavenly dwelling with You and others. I have a profound sense of calling and purpose now, but I know it will pale in comparison to what You have for me. Thank you for the hope of heaven. Merry Christmas!