1 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.”
2 Our feet have been standing
Within your gates, O Jerusalem!
3 Jerusalem is built
As a city that is compact together,
4 Where the tribes go up,
The tribes of the Lord,
To the Testimony of Israel,
To give thanks to the name of the Lord.
The Psalmist so loved the house of the Lord that he thought the city of Jerusalem was built as a place where the tribes would come to give thanks to the Lord. Going to the house of the Lord, for them, was going to a place of sacrifices for atonement of sin and place of worship of God. When Ezra rebuilt the Temple he read the Law of God in Jerusalem for the first time in perhaps 80 or more years.
The house of God was called by Jesus a house of prayer for all nations. Not that it wasn’t a place of worship and of the Word but it was to primarily be a place of prayer. It appears to us today that churches have become places of great programs, a place where spectators come to watch those up front. I don’t think the Psalmist was a spectator in the house of the Lord. He loved the Temple and said that he would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.
So, are we glad to go into the house of the Lord? Do we look forward to our times in church together? Do we see ourselves as participants or spectators? If we see ourselves as a part of the exaltation of the Lord in prayer, worship and the Word then we won’t want to miss even one time together. Let us be glad when we gather and rejoice together as fellow-participants to exalt the Savior in His house, the church of Jesus Christ.
Speaking of being glad to come to the house of the Lord, tonight we are looking forward to the reading of the Word, the singing of songs of praise and thanks, and testimonies from you. Join us at 7:00 for our Thanksgiving praise service. It is a unique service when you bring the message and we all give thanks.
After the service we will hang out together for a pie social. Bring a pie, some cool whip or ice cream or some apple cider and enjoy the fellowship of one another in Christ.
Pray for the city of Chicago as we all reel over the shooting of a teenager by a policeman. It is a grievous time for all involved and needs to be a time of both justice and correction.
Have a great day in the Lord,