Psalm 122:1, “I was glad when they said unto me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord”.
In our time a good number of people take the work and the word of the Lord lightly. People who would rather do something else on the Lord’s day than be somewhere worshipping God. There are some who believe they can handle things themselves.
There is something about being in the house of God nothing can replace. The bible says, “do not forsake the assembly of brethren”. We are the temple of the living God and collectively we make the body (church) complete. The body has different parts and each parts do not function the same way. The hands cannot tell the legs I do not need you, neither can the eye tell the nose I do not need you. They all have different functions but they need each other to be complete.
The church is clinic where people come in to be ministered to. After you have been through the week, faced different challenges, you’ve been hurt or exhausted, you need a place of where you can be attended to, and what a joy to know that a place has been set for us. Church is also like a gas station where you pull in to have your oil checked, fueled to get you ready for another journey. David tells us that he was glad when they told him to join the rest in going to the house of the Lord. He understood how vital this was and could not trade it for anything else. Yes he was the king and he had every material thing he could ever need. A man after God’s own heart craved to be in God’s house something extremely important to him. Jesus loved His house that when people turned it into a business center, He got upset and whipped them. The bible says that the zeal of His house consumed Him. This shows how it is important to Him and therefore it should be important to us. Psalm 84:10, “A day in thy courts is better than a thousand elsewhere, I would rather be a door keeper in the house of the Lord, than to dwell in the tents of the wickedness”. Here is a man who appreciated the house of the Lord and could not take it lightly for the Lord had always met him.
Psalm 133:1, “Behold how good and pleasant it is, for brethren to dwell together in unity”. What a place for brethren to dwell together especially in a church setup, and not just together but together in unity for there are certain things that the Lord will not do until we come together united for Matthew 18:19 says, “Again I say to you that, “if two of you shall agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done unto them by my Father in heaven, for where two or three are gathered in My name, I am there in the midst of them”. We cannot worship, walk and work effectively with the Lord if we are not plugged somewhere together. We need a place of accountability, a place where we see and understand more than we already know, a place to pray to God, Jesus said my house shall be called a house of prayer, a place to develop gifting and callings, a place of refuge and comfort, a place of restoration and the list goes on.
We should be glad when it comes to time to go into the house of the Lord for there is something about going there gladly and not feel like being dragged. Someone said that do not wait for six men to carry you to church, you can do it yourself. It is not to be an occasional visit but continues practice. I pray effectively when I am in church for the presence of the Lord is already there. Somewhere in Isaiah it says, “The train of thy rob fills the temple”, I never leave the same way I went in and I get more challenged, rebuked and inspired when I hear the word and see more people desire to grow more in the Lord.
Are we all plugged in a bible believing, preaching, teaching church?, a church that believes in praising and worshipping God, a church that allows us to make connection with God through repentance and restoration, a church that prays? Are we regular attendants or occasional goers or do not go at all? Is it possible to have the same zeal David had to the extent of saying, “I would rather be a door keeper in the house of the Lord”? yes it is. You will never value the body (church) until you are in need of it. Get plugged in!!!, blessings Ev