Celebrating God | Psalm 122:1-5
Today's Passage: Psalm 122:1-5
Key Verses: Psalm 122:1-4
A song of ascents. Of David.
I rejoiced with those who said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD." Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem. Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together. That is where the tribes go upóthe tribes of the LORDóto praise the name of the LORD according to the statute given to Israel.
Worshipping with other believers is a time of joy and celebration. The writer to the Hebrews reminds us not to neglect gathering times for the spiritual community. We come together to sing, praise, pray, hear Godís Word and respond to what he is teaching us. When a person experiences real worship and says, "I got nothing out of it," that usually means they put nothing into it.
As Old Testament believers made their way to Jerusalem for the festivals, there was incredible expectation. It was a time of boundless rejoicing! There was no complaining about the crowds of people "closely compacted together." They were excited to be shoulder to shoulder with others who loved and worshipped God. More people, more worshippers - priceless!
How about you? Do you rejoice when itís time to gather for worship? Do you prepare yourself to meet with God? Are you joyful when people are "closely compacted together" in the worship center? Are you thrilled for your feet to be standing and praising God? Remember, worship starts with you. What you put into it is what you'll get out of it.
Father, the world is full of complainers, faultfinders and finger-pointers. Help us to be joyful worshippers and exultant servants of you...the Maker of heaven and earth. In Jesus' name. Amen.