Gladness in the House of the Lord

“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD” (Psalm 122:1).

We often invite people to come to church with us, and receive many reasons why they cannot come. There are many people who attend church simply out of obligation or a sense of duty. To them, it’s just the right thing to do, so they do it. If we would only realize and help others to realize how much of a joy it should be, not a chore, to attend the house of the Lord!

When we come to the house of God, and put ourselves under the sound of God’s Word, we learn about what God expects of us. We learn what needs to be done and what should be avoided. We learn how God wants us to think, act and react. We come together to study the Word of God so that we might show ourselves approved unto God (see II Timothy 2:15).

When we come to the house of the Lord, we find peace. After walking and working in the world and dealing with those who are of the world, we can come into God’s house and be reassured through His Word that we are safely kept by His grace, which will give us great peace through the Holy Spirit (see Psalm 119:165).

When we come to the house of God, we also find strength. This is one of the most important reasons I find for the midweek service. As we battle the world, the flesh, and the devil through the week, it is wonderful to be encouraged by God’s people as we come together for worship. As we share with other the trials we face and the blessings God has provided, we lift one another up and strengthen each other to stick by the stuff and to stay in the fight (see Hebrews 10:24-25).

These blessings and many more besides we will receive IF we will attend the house of the Lord faithfully, and our joy will be increased. The psalmist said it well, “Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah” (Psalm 84:4).

So, are we joyfully attending the house of the Lord, or merely doing our duty? I hope you can truly say with David, “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD” (Psalm 122:1).