DOORKEEPER by Rev. Derick Jarrell


Written by: Rev. Derick Jarrell

PSALMS 84: 10 – For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

David talking to God and saying its better for me to be in your presence for one day than to be anywhere else for a thousand days. I believe he loved God. He would rather be a doorkeeper for his God (God Almighty, Jehovah Jireh) than to be part of the elite crowd among the wicked people. Only the upper classmen of society owned tents, and only those closely related to or employed by the owner dwelt within them.

What is a door keeper?

1) Responsible for opening the gate of the temple so people could come into the presence of the lord.

2) Responsible for the rooms and treasuries of the temple.

3) To guard (the king or owner of the dwelling) and protect but also tell others of his glory and awesomeness.

Do we love God the way David does in psalms 84:10? Do we want to open the door for others to walk through and take the responsibility of introducing them to God? (through our lives) Do we guard God’s reputation and glory with our lives and stand up for Him and His righteousness in the face of the enemy?

John 21: 20-22

Peter and Jesus walking down the road, Peter looks back and sees possibly John (now this phrase is only found in the book of John but Jesus did not love anyone more than anyone else and is never clear about which of the 12 this is referenced to)

Peter remembers what took place at supper when this disciple was leaning on Jesus chest and asking who it would be that betrayed Jesus. Jealousy is getting the best of Peter so he ask Jesus what is he suppose to be doing? “Jesus says to Peter” if I will that he tarry till I come what is that to thee? Follow thou me.

You can not be a Doorkeeper and a Peter!

Door keepers did not worry about who what when where and why, they were just concerned about serving their master and doing their job the best they could! Do we want to be a door keeper like David expressed and God later labels him as a man after his own heart or do we want to be like Peter and God have to tell us over and over to mind our own business and just follow him?