Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I'd Rather be an Usher at Church
Ps 84:10b I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
This is a Psalm written for the sons of Korah, a division of the priestly tribe of Levi, whose job it was to man the doors in God's holy tabernacle. This job was a little different than our door greeters at church these days, but similar. The difference? They ensured that everybody who entered or exited the place exhibited an attitude of worship. Additionally, they had swords for enforcement! Picture a person bouncing into the Lord's house chewing gum and 'whack!" you'd get bopped on the side of the head with the flat of the doorkeeper's blade.
We try not to let our greeters have that kind of power, but they are so important. They are the first ones many come in contact with in their Sunday church experience. Who would you want greeting you, Deacon Happy Harry or Lurch? You get the picture.
Thank God for the guys at our church doors who offer a winsome smile, a firm handshake, the bulletin and a good start to worship.
Hey, a day as a doorkeeper at church is better than hanging out anywhere else.