King David-Doorkeeper

“I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” Psalm 84:10 (NIV)

Back when I worked for Frito Lay, Inc, there was a story that circulated about a fellow RSR (Route Sales Representative) who had a chance encounter with the company CEO.

It happened on Christmas Eve in picturesque Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The RSR was busy stocking the displays at a local convenience store, when in walked the CEO! As it turned out, the BIG BOSS had a home in the area and was spending Christmas in snowy Colorado.

“Steamboat Springs, Colorado Mountains” by DaggieW is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Well, as the story goes, the CEO saw the young delivery driver surrounded by boxes of salty snacks on Christmas Eve and decided to “chip” in.😉 For the next 30 minutes the top executive of Frito Lay worked side by side with one of the rank and file— stocking shelves!

What a picture!

King David imagined a similar role reversal when he said he’d rather be a doorkeeper at the synagogue than hang out with the wicked.

Picture the scene: You show up at the temple for worship and one of the ushers is the King of Israel!

“Would you like a bulletin? There are still a few empty seats down front.”

“That’s prince Solomon’s dad!” you stammer out loud, taking out your phone for a picture.

A similar spirit of service and humility made Jesus willing to be born in a barn. And God’s equal becoming humanity’s servant is WAY bigger than CEO’s stocking shelves or kings handing out bulletins!

“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:8 (NIV)

And He did this only for kings, CEO’s and other very important people? Nope.

Christ died for us ALL!

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (NIV)

To a delivery driver stocking shelves on Christmas Eve, or the shepherds out in the fields keeping watch over their flocks by night, it’s just another day on the job—until THE BOSS shows up!

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10 (NIV)

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“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, to men on whom His favor rests.” Luke 2:14 (NIV)






25 responses to “King David-Doorkeeper”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you for reading and commenting, gracespeaker. I am clicking over now to check out your blog. Blessings.


  2. gracespeaker Avatar

    One of my favorite verses!

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  3. davidsdailydose Avatar

    He does indeed! Thank you, brother Alan!


  4. Alan Kearns Avatar

    An important reminder of being a servant, so much so that our Saviour shows us how it’s done.

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  5. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you! I appreciate your stopping by. Blessings.


  6. Musings&Roses Avatar

    I love this fresh perspective. Great message!

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  7. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Vivian. I’m glad you enjoyed it. God Bless you too!

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  8. Viv Avatar

    I really enjoyed reading this David. Thank you and God bless you!☺

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  9. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Amen, brother! Door keepers and shelf stockers matter, and God was willing to come along side—in a similar manner—to save us.

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  10. Chris Hendrix Avatar

    I love this analogy. Servant leadership at its best. I always tell people that the serve team greeters interact with more people than the pastor will on a Sunday. Being a doorkeeper is important.
    Thank God He was willing to give His own son for us while we were yet sinners. We didn’t deserve the King of Kings to be a door keeper but He did it anyway out of love!

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  11. The Devotional Guy™ Avatar

    Ha! No, I imagine it wouldn’t, David. But it certainly is a great idea for a magazine.

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  12. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you for your time, Rainer. You are correct, self-absorption is not only now the norm it is expected. In (socially distanced) line the other day at the supermarket, I actually saw a magazine called, “Self.” A magazine called, “Humility” wouldn’t sell very well.

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  13. The Devotional Guy™ Avatar

    Having a servant’s heart in a culture focused on self is challenging, but I love the picture you paint here in your post. For years, we had a humble couple great all the people who came into the church on Sunday mornings. Their spirit of service was infectious. God bless.

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  14. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I like your story, Betty. My military friends tell me it’s the same way in the US Army—soldiers (especially lower-ranking) are scared to talk to their commander. We are definitely outranked (in every way) by God, yet He still wants 💬 chat!
    I appreciate your thoughts. Blessings to you, Dan and family.

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  15. Betty Avatar

    I never thought of Christ becoming human in this way. The ultimate service and humility. Thank you. Once I saw our community college’s president (where I worked) shopping at Shop N Save. I took a moment to talk to him, introduce myself, etc. He was happy to chat, and then told me, “Thanks for talking to me. Many people are too scared to talk to me.” Maybe there’s a similar analogy, like the analogy in your post, but likened to the idea of praying. You always get me thinking! Enjoy your day!

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  16. CG Thelen Avatar

    Great analogy.

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  17. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes. Everyone matters if anyone matters at all!
    You stress this point over and over in your own blog. Thank you!

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  18. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, to men on whom His favor rests.” It’s amazing to think that his favor rests on ALL of us . He is the King of the Universe and we are … well, we are just US! In our eyes, nothing special, but in his eyes, worth everything. Thanks for another inspiring post 🙂

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  19. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Jeffrey. Iron sharpens iron. I just am awed by your reference to Jesus stocking shelves with us—God came near. I didn’t complete the picture, but you did, my friend.

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  20. Jeffrey H. King Avatar

    ??? You write good stuff, David. We just have different styles, and different is sometimes mistaken for better! I enjoy your work!

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  21. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Jeffrey. You’re comments are always KING! You just connected the dots better than I did. Blessings.

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  22. Jeffrey H. King Avatar

    GREAT message, David and even greater job of segueing into delivering the Gospel!! Jesus stocking the shelves…what an image! And he did – healing the sick and preaching in love to the very people whose sins put Him on the cross!

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  23. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I believe it came from Unsplash, but the credit got cut off the way I shared it.
    Thanks for reading and commenting! Blessings.


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