Psalm 122 and Joy for Worship

14199643181_6570109d31_bMany times Christians subtly think that worship in church is an optional add-on to the faith. They have a personal relationship with Jesus, grow in grace, and do not necessarily need to be in church with other people. The problem with this idea is that Jesus founded a Church, not a group of individual believers. Something different happens when the people of God gather together to worship and praise God together.

As well, we are reminded that we should “Be clearheaded. Keep alert. Your accuser, the devil, is on the prowl like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Peter wrote this to Christians. This means that as individuals we can be picked off. But remember, as Jesus said to Peter, “the gates of hell will not prevail against” the Church. Together we can storm the strongholds of evil.

The next time you feel like worship and church is an add-on to your faith, remember these things and read Psalm 122 before you leave for church (our Jerusalem):

I rejoiced with those who said to me,
    “Let’s go to the Lord’s house!”
Now our feet are standing
    in your gates, Jerusalem!

Jerusalem is built like a city
    joined together in unity.
That is where the tribes go up—
    the Lord’s tribes!
It is the law for Israel
    to give thanks there to the Lord’s name,
    because the thrones of justice are there—
    the thrones of the house of David!

Pray that Jerusalem has peace:
    “Let those who love you have rest.
    Let there be peace on your walls;
    let there be rest on your fortifications.”
For the sake of my family and friends,
    I say, “Peace be with you, Jerusalem.”
For the sake of the Lord our God’s house
    I will pray for your good.