Issue #653 ~ March 1, 2021

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A Doorkeeper in the House of My God
"Look upon our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one."
Psalm 84:9
"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."
Psalm 84:10
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Verse 9: "Look upon our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one."

The people considered the king as the human shield between them and God. He was considered the "anointed one."

What a picture we have of the Lord Jesus as He is our "shield" before a holy God. He is the "anointed one."

He makes 2 requests in verse 9: (1) "Look upon our shield" and (2) "look with favor on your anointed one."

Verse 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."

The Psalmist is declaring his position. He has a attitude of gratitude. He accepts with brokenness reality and declares his choice.

In her book Brokenness, Nancy Leigh DeMoss tells this story:
"When Melanie Adams finally came to the end of herself and was broken before God and her husband, God began to increase her capacity of love and for worship. Several months after that initial point of brokenness, Melanie wrote to tell some of the changes that had taken place in her life as a result:
I have fallen in love with my husband more deeply than ever. It was quite a
rude awakening to realize the chasm in our marriage was my fault, born of an
unforgiving heart. My husband has forgiven me and I smile at the future.
I have developed the somewhat frustrating habit of crying all the time - not
a normal response for me. In church, a song of worship or a meaningful
message finds me borrowing my husband's handkerchief as he gently pats my
hand .
God's Word jumps off the page every time I open His Holy Book - it is
personal now. I enjoy a sweet communion with the Lord and have
heartfelt gratitude for His love and sacrifice that I never knew before. I have
peace and joy, and He has given me a new song." (116-117)

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.  Pray:  Blessed are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord? He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword. Your enemies will cower before you, and you will trample down their high places.
Deuteronomy 33:29 (NIV)
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2.  Pray: He said: "The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior -
2 Samuel 22:2 -3 (NIV)
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3.  Pray: ...in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one.
Ephesians 6:16 (NASB)
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4.  Praise: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead....who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3,5 (NIV)
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5.  Praise: But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. Psalm 3:3 (NIV)
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Speaking of a new song, Let's sing one by Fanny Crosby this morning.
"Close to Thee":
Thou, my everlasting portion, More than friend or life to me;
All along my pilgrim journey, Savior, let me walk with Thee.

Not for ease or worldly pleasure, Nor for fame my prayer shall be;
Gladly will I toil and suffer, Only let me walk with Thee.

Lead me through the vale of shadows, Bear me o'er life's fitful sea;
Then the gate of life eternal May I enter, Lord, with Thee.

Refrain
Close to Thee, close to Thee, close to Thee, close to Thee.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 

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