Come With Me 

Psalm 122:1
“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’”

The writer of Hebrews exhorts us not to forsake the gathering together of the brethren (Hebrews 10:25). In other words; get to church! That is the heart of what David is singing about in this Psalm. He begins by declaring what a blessing it is to have someone invite him to the house of the Lord. Even as the king of a nation, David was still a man, and as a man, it would be wonderful to receive an invitation from someone to attend worship.

Recently, I met a woman at our church who began attending because of an invitation from someone she met at a park. While they were chatting about the kids and the weather, her new acquaintance began to talk with her about the Lord, and invited her to church. She was ecstatic! The idea that someone cared enough about her to invite her to church amazed her. She could not wait for Sunday to arrive. She got up early, dressed up for the occasion, and at the service she made a decision for the Lord. We are all, at times, stirred by the Lord to invite a neighbor, friend, family member or perfect stranger to church, or an outreach of the church; and we are all, at times, intimidated. I think it is of great value to keep in mind the joy David expresses from a simple invitation to attend worship.

David goes on to express why this invitation filled him with such joy. He speaks of the House of the Lord being the home of the Testimonies of the Lord. He knew when he arrived, he would hear from the Word of the Lord, and in doing so, he would hear the ways of the Lord. Paul called the church “The pillar and ground of the truth…”(1Timothy 3:15). In other words, he was declaring the primary purpose of the church is the proclamation of the Word of God; for it is the Word of God that will transform the lives of people. He also speaks of the tribes gathering to give thanks to the Lord. That thanks was often expressed in song. As a musician, David had established quite a worship team around the Temple. Skilled musicians would lead the people in praise as they celebrated the goodness of God. I love when we gather for worship. I love to join with those who are able to express praise with such beauty. At times in our services, the worship team will stop playing instruments and the whole room is filled with the sound of the voices of God’s people declaring His highest praises. Finally, David declares that the house of the Lord is a place to pray for the work of the Lord. During Old Testament times, the work of God on earth was centered in Jerusalem. When Israel was walking with the Lord, the city of Jerusalem would experience peace, and like a brilliant light, they would declare to the nations around them that Jehovah was the true and living God. It was under David’s reign, the nation had its greatest effect upon the nations around them. We still need to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. God is not done with the Jewish people or the Nation of Israel. We also need to pray that God will further the work of the local church, that it will impact the lives of the people in our community. It is my prayer that our church becomes more like a city set on a hill, shining brightly the Gospel message to our community.

Let’s make it a point today to pray for someone this week, then go out of our way to invite them to church. Be praying for the worship team, that they would lead the congregation into the presence of the Lord. Pray for the pastor, that the Word of God would be clearly declared with the empowering of the Spirit of God. Pray for the work of God to take place in the heart of the one whom you have invited.

“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’”

Pastor Jim

 

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