Songs & Scripture: “Better Is One Day” (Matt Redman)

Modern-day Temple Mount, Jerusalem

Matt Redman originally wrote this song, but I love this version by Charlie Hall. The opening and main cry of the song is from Psalm 84.  I hope you enjoy seeing how the Scriptures are practically quoted for each line of this song.

How lovely is Your dwelling place, Oh Lord Almighty  (Psalm 84:1)
My soul longs and even faints for You (Psalm 84:2)
For here my heart is satisfied, within Your presence (Psalm 63:5)
I sing beneath the shadow of Your wings (Psalm 63:7)

Better is one day in Your courts
Better is one day in Your house
Better is one day in Your courts
Than thousands elsewhere (Psalm 84:10)

One thing I ask, and I would seek, to see Your beauty,
To find You in the place Your glory dwells (Psalm 27:4)
My heart and flesh cry out,
For You the living God (Psalm 84:2 again)
Your Spirit’s water for my soul (Psalm 63:1, Isaiah 44:3John 4:14, Revelation 22:17)
I’ve tasted and I’ve seen, (Psalm 34:8)
Come once again to me.
I will draw near to You. (Ecclesiastes 5:1, Hebrews 4:16James 4:8)
I will draw near to You

Will you draw near to Him today?

With Love,



One thought on “Songs & Scripture: “Better Is One Day” (Matt Redman)”

  1. I was wondering if the old hymn in the Baptist Hymnal titled “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place” had anything to do with “Better Is One Day”? There are some of the same lines in each song. Of course if it’s from scripture then there would be.

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