“I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord” Psalm 122:1. This is a song of David as he and his servants made their journey to Jerusalem, the spiritual and civic center of the nation. The Temple, God’s house of worship was located there. David found great joy for the opportunity to go to the house of the Lord. The Temple stands as the house of the Lord representing the Church of today.
The gladness to go to God’s house today is rare. The proof of that is seen in the multitudes that never go at all. And of those who do, how many go as seldom as possible? And of those who are more regular and frequent, can it be said that they are glad to go?
It is true that God can be worshipped anywhere, as some will claim, but there is a place that has been designed for worship. The Church is such a place. Those who love God’s church are glad to be invited and will invite others. David was invited to worship. Should we not be inviting and encouraging others to go into the house of the Lord? The joy of worship is enhanced when shared with others.
The joy of worship is realized in anticipation. Worship does not just happen automatically. There must be the preparation for worship. God has so designed us that we long for worship. If we fail to worship God other things will become the objects of our worship.
Worshipping in God’s house with God’s people at a specified time should be important to us as we seek to strengthen the reality of our faith and love and acceptance with God.
I knew a man many years ago that loved to go to church and he was willing to walk to get there. Mr. Bateman was a man in his eighties and lived alone in a little white house in the city. Every Sunday morning, he would begin walking to the little country church approximately five miles away. I was the pastor of that little country church. I don’t think he ever had to walk the entire distance because someone always managed to pick him up and take him back home after church. The point is that he was willing to get to church even if he had to walk to get there.
Mr. Bateman was a man of few words and I really did not much about him. To this day I can remember him in his suit and hat with Bible in hand on his way to the house of the Lord. How far are we willing to go today to get to church on Sunday? If it is important to us, we will make every effort to get there. Make your preparation today to be in God’s house this Sunday.