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Let us go to the house of the Lord

posted 30 May 2016, 05:20 by Bert Weenink

Psalm 122 is a Psalm of David and this is the opening verse: I rejoiced with those who said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD."

David can’t have been thinking of the temple here, as the temple was to be built by his son, Solomon. No, what made him rejoice was the very thought of God’s people gathering together to praise the name of the Lord. This is what he wrote in verse 4: That is where the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, to praise the name of the LORD according to the statute given to Israel.

I would like to apply this psalm to the church, God’s New Testament people. Here again, we do not think about buildings, but about the gathering of the people of God as they worship, as they serve, as they care for and encourage one another. So let’s take this psalm and look at the church.

1. We must value the church

In verse 3 he describes the city of Jerusalem as a city that is closely compacted together. David thought of a pilgrim coming to the city, being freshly impressed with its beauty and its strength. It is a compact and solid city.

So is the church. It is God’s institution, the body of Christ. It is not small, it is not weak, the church is a mighty work of God, built by Jesus, so that not even the forces of hell can overcome it.

In verse 4 we read that Jerusalem is where the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD.

We think of Israel of being one people, but we mustn’t underestimate

the great differences between the various tribes, e.g. different accents, different habits, different locations. Yet there was unity, because their motive of gathering was the same, to praise the name of the Lord.

Those who belong to the church are united in purpose as well, namely to worship, follow and please our Lord Jesus Christ.

In verse 5 we read that in Jerusalem the thrones for judgment stand, the thrones of the house of David.

Jerusalem was the place where God was worshipped and His Word was heard and so it so be in the church. We need to meet together to hear what God has to say, where we allow the Word of God to dwell in us richly (Colossians 3:16) and where we encourage one another to remain faithful to Him.

 2. We must pray for the church

The keyword in the last 3 verses in Psalm 122 is ‘peace’ - shalom:

· Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

· May there be peace within your walls

· I will say, "Peace be within you."

Where God dwells there is peace. When after the resurrection, Jesus appeared to His troubled and fearful disciples, He said: “Peace be with you.”

In a church that is out of tune with God there is often confusion, division, anger and mistrust. But those who, together, walk with their Lord and Saviour will know peace.

This is something we need to desire and pray for as we read in verse 6.

At Tyndale we are going through a time of change and the enemy could so easily come in to cause division. We need to pray against that.

In verse 9 we read that “for the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your prosperity.”

We must desire and seek the best for the church of God and here again, I can’t think of a better way than to pray for God’s blessing on the church.

When speaking to the elders of the Ephesian church, the apostle Paul tells them to “be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.”

We all need to be reminded that we are not our own, we were bought with a price, we belong to Jesus, individually and together.

Tyndale is a small church, but not insignificant, because we belong to God. Treasure your church, let’s serve the Lord together there, let’s us not forsake meeting together and let’s pray for God’s blessing upon us all.

One with you because of Jesus,