Priorities are discerned and values are exhibited by the choices you make. When confronted with two possibilities and only one can be chosen, your priorities and your values determine which option is, in your heart, better than the other. When facing the exact same situation, Martha and Mary had differing values and thus made different choices; Mary’s priorities were superior to Martha’s (Luke 10:38-42).
A righteous person’s highest priority is the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). Therefore, being in genuine fellowship with God is better than being seen by men, and having heavenly treasures is better than earthly ones (Matthew 6:1-21).
The composer of Psalm 84 expresses his godly values by declaring “…a day in Your courts is better than a thousand, I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness” (v. 10). Righteousness must be hungered and thirsted for (Matthew 5:6). It must be prioritized properly and valued correctly.
True wealth, rest, and joy in life are found in service to God. It does not happen by accident; it must be prioritized and valued.