I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. Psalm 122:1
We often quote Psalm 122:1, but have we ever wondered why David was so glad to go to the house of God? If we study his life, we see that David faced near-constant conflict, loss, and betrayal, yet he knew that if he could get into the presence of the Lord, he would find strength and encouragement to face his battles! And as David tells us in Psalm 22:3, it is in the house of God that the presence of the Lord dwells, where God inhabits the praises of His people.
In recent months, the people of God all across this country and around the world have been restricted to our homes to wait out the covid-19 pandemic, separated from the house of God and the manifest presence of God. The psalmist in Psalm 42, being far from Jerusalem, felt the same longing for the house of God and the presence of God that we have all felt during this difficult time:
As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. - Psalm 42:1-4
Just like David, we have been compassed with fear and uncertainty on every side, and yet the Prince of Peace beckons us back into His healing presence. Now that we are again free to worship together in the house of God, let us all join together with a voice of Joy and Praise!!!
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