I'd Rather Have Jesus by Steve Wagers

I'd Rather Have Jesus
Steve Wagers
Psalm 84:10-12

INTRO:
In 1943, a lady by the name of Rhea B. Miller wrote one of the greatest hymns ever written: I'D RATHER HAVE JESUS! This wonderful hymn so influenced a 23 yr old man by the name of George Beverly Shea that it determined the direction of his entire life.

Growing up with devoted Christian parents, Bev Shea was encouraged to use his fine singing voice in the Weslyan Methodist churches which hs father pastored. Financial needs required Bev to leave college and work in an insurance office. Unexpectedly, he was asked to audition for the Radio City Music Hall, and passed the test.

Not knowing what to do, and being at the crossroads of his life, he sat down at the piano one Sunday morning to prepare the music for that days' service. He found a copy of Ms. Miller's song, took it in his hand, and began to sing the words to that wonderful song, which formed his decision.

I. POSITION THAT BRINGS CONTENTMENT (V. 10)
By looking at this verse we see the word "than", denoting a preference of one thing over another. We see David's:

A. PREFERENCE OF TIME "For a day in thy courts.."
A DAY: NOT A MONTH, SIX MONTHS, OR A YEAR
David is really saying: "Just a day in your court, in your house, in your presence, is better than a thousand anywhere else I can think of.
JUST ONE DAY: shows that very least things of God are satisfying to those who are satisfied with Him.

1. Better than a thousand day of riches, pleasure, honor, or fame, is just one day with you.
Phillip Brooks: "The least good look that a man hath from God. The least good word that a man hears from God, and the least love letter that a man receives from God, is exceeding precious to that man who has God for his portion."
c.f. Psalm 73:25,26--"Whom have I in heaven but thee. . ."

B. PREFERENCE OF TITLE "..rather be a doorkeeper"
DOORKEEPER: PSALM 84--KORHITE PSALM
NOTE: Korhites were keepers of the gate, or doorkeepers ...


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