DOORMATS AND DOORKEEPERS
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.
There are wicked places and systems in this world that turn people into doormats, something to be trampled underfoot and muddied. There are places of business, social circles, neighbourhoods, lifestyles and even churches that are extremely appealing but in the end leave you lying on the ground.
These are the ‘tents of the wicked’ that everyone raves about. Places and systems that promise to fill your every desire, but drop you and trample you underfoot when your purpose has been used up.
In the Psalm, the doorkeeper was not our modern idea of a butler or doorman. The doorkeeper was not the security guard or the bouncer.
Rather, the Psalmist was talking about one who sat longingly on the threshold of the house looking in and desiring to be part of things. In the sense that the Psalm describes, Lazarus is a model of one who sat looking in. He was a ‘doorkeeper’ in the true meaning of the word.
The teaching is this – it is better to be a beggar at the door to God’s House than to be a rich man in the tents of the wicked.
It is better to suffer and look into the Kingdom of God than to enter a false Kingdom where you can be the big shot.
If in all your life you only spend one day looking into God’s House, you will find more pleasure and peace than you will in 3 years full-time in a circus tent that the world offers to you.
In God’s House, we have no doormats. There are no little people that you can safely walk on.
The dirt and mud you bring gets washed from your feet by the greatest One in the House. The Master kneels before each who enters and washes the dirt from their feet.
Those who move beyond the threshold and enter the House learn to show hospitality the same ways the Master does. Jesus teaches us to wash each other’s feet.
We are all like beggars sitting at the threshold of God’s Kingdom. Our greatest joys in life come in humility. Like beggars we look at the wealth and warmth of the King’s Table and find ourselves invited in to a party in our Honour.
What love the Master has for the lowest and the least. You are not a doormat. God calls you to come to His door and look inside. Nothing in the world compares to the things you will see when you look into God.