Psalm 122 tells us why David delighted in going to the “…house of the Lord.”
“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.
2 Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem.
3 Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together:
4 Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the Lord.
5 For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
7 Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.
8 For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.
9 Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good.”
The house of the Lord represented the place of worship. David was glad to worship God with others from Israel. Jerusalem was the center of this worship. People came from all over Israel to worship in Jerusalem. This would be the place to give thanksgiving and offerings to the Lord.
We should be praying for the peace of Jerusalem. Specifically, for peace and prosperity within its walls. Then to seek its good.
When Christ came, shed His blood on the cross for us, died, buried. and rose from the grave on the third day, we were offered salvation. If we have accepted Christ, we have a new place of worship, the local church. As David, we should be glad to be in church whenever the doors are opened.
We should bring our adoration, praise, and prayers to the Lord during this time of worship.
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001