“I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
Our feet have been standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem!
Jerusalem—built as a city
that is bound firmly together,
to which the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord,
as was decreed for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
There thrones for judgment were set,
the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
“May they be secure who love you!
Peace be within your walls
and security within your towers!”
For my brothers and companions’ sake
I will say, “Peace be within you!”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your good.” (Psalm 122)
It is a blessing to gather together to worship. Corporate worship is something that God wants for us. Because He knows that is a great way to honor him. When we gather together to sing songs of praise, when we give tithes and offerings, when we study a portion of his word together, we are honoring and worshiping Him.
David in this psalm shares about the joy he has about going into the house of the Lord (which in the Old Testament days was the temple). There they could worship the Lord, they could pray to Him and they could enjoy God’s peace among them. Like David, we can enjoy that as well when we gather together to worship.
As we gather together to worship today, let us celebrate that we get to gather together for corporate worship. And let us celebrate all that God has done for us and will do in the future.