If we go back into OT history we learn that the Sons of Korah, the authors of this Psalm (seen inscription before v.1), were designated to be the gatekeepers (glorified janitors perhaps) in the Temple (1 Chronicles 26:1-19) There assignment was menial and humbling but the Bible says of them that they were “able men qualified for the service.” (1 Chr 26:8) That was there task among the people of God. A lowly one in many respects but one these men loved with all there hearts.
Notice how they spoke of this work: “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.” (1-2) They loved the Lord and they loved his Temple. They also loved their work and treasured it, always looking forward to doing it for the glory of the Lord.
“For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.” (10) Obviously, the tents of wickedness refer to those who by evil means have accumulated great earthly wealth. But they would rather serve the Lord and his people than have that kind of luxury.
One of the great theater directors of all time once said, “There are no small parts, only small actors.” How much more is it true that in the Body of Christ there are no small places or ways of service. Paul said the weakest member is the most necessary. Where do you serve the Lord? Are you happy and content to be used in that way like the sons of Korah? Do you even have a place of service? If not, it’s time to find one and glorify God in it.
Prayer: Father, so often we complain about our lot in life. Forgive us. Help us to be like the sons of Korah who labored in the Temple with joy and praise to you. Help us to willingly and lovingly serve the Body of Christ. Help us, through our joy in service, to be an encouragement to others.