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May 2, 2020

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New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: 1 Chronicles 6
Audio: 1 Chronicles 6

Psalm 122 (ESV)

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

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.

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. I was glad when they said to me,
        “Let us go to the house of the Lord! (Psalm 122:1)

    The House of the Lord

    Today's psalm begins with the joy of worshiping God in the house of the Lord in the great city of Jerusalem. There is also a call for peace in the holy city.

    Although the house of the Lord was an actual location in Jerusalem, it was an earthly representation of the eternal house of the Lord.

    Psalm 23 says, "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever."

    The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:1; 6-9 "1 For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 6 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him."

    I'm reminded of our Lord Jesus telling His disciples before He was crucified, "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also" (John 14:1-3).

    Many of us think of church as the "house of the Lord." While it's understandable and even appropriate to think of church in this way, the physical structure is not technically the house of the Lord – but anywhere believers are gathered to worship our Lord.

    Jesus said in Matthew 18:20, "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them." 

    I miss "going to church." Although we certainly can worship God while honoring the social distancing regulations enforced to protect people from spreading COVID-19, there is something special about meeting with other believers (in person) at a building. 

    Although I have been grateful to meet in our home and West Bay Christian Academy during our nearly three years as a church, I do miss the church setting with a larger group of people, each member of the body of Christ serving Him and one another. 

    Lastly, as believers, we ourselves are each a "house of the Lord" – as the Holy Spirit dwells in us from the moment we are born again and throughout our lives as a seal of our redemption:

    1 Corinthians 6:19-20, "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption" (Ephesians 4:30)

    I long for the day we can gather again, in person, as followers of Christ in the "house of the Lord" and as His "temples!"

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "We Worship Jesus, God and Man" by Herman Witsius

    "Christ Jesus, you are true and eternal God, and true and holy man—all in one. You retain the properties of both natures in the unity of your person.

    We acknowledge you, and we worship you. We come to you and fall at your feet. We look for salvation from your hand alone.

    You are the only Savior. We desire to be your exclusive property. We are by your grace, and will remain that way forever.

    Let the whole world of your elect, with us, know, acknowledge, and adore you, and thus finally be saved by you. This is the sum total of our faith and hope. This is the height of all our wishes. Amen."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

  2. "There thrones for judgment were set,
        the thrones of the house of David." Psalm 122:5

    When I read this psalm, I thought of the New Jerusalem, promised by Jesus and revealed to John in Revelation 21:

    "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." Revelation 21:1-2

    And the 12 thrones described in Psalm 122 will be there as well! Who will sit on those thrones? Who is the "house of David" if not David’s direct descendants? Jesus revealed the answer in a conversation He had with His disciples, who had just witnessed His interaction with a rich man who desired salvation and pursued righteousness, but also deeply cherished his wealth. Jesus told the man he must sell everything he had and give it to the poor. 

    "Then Peter said in reply, 'See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?' Jesus said to them, 'Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.'" Matthew 19:28-29 

    What must that promise have done to encourage the disciples!


    When I consider the calling to give up everything to follow Jesus, I am challenged by my love of the blessings of God on this side of eternity. My love of His gifts compete with my love for God Himself. I needed to be reminded this morning that my love for God should be greater by far than my love of anything or anyone in this world.

    Like the disciples, I am immediately aware that this is nearly impossible. And then, lest I become discouraged by how hard it is to enter the kingdom of heaven — or worse, puffed up and proud of all I have given up for God! — I am encouraged by Jesus saying, "With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God." (Matthew 19:26) 

    Once again, I am driven to my knees in humility before my Savior, who owes no man anything, yet gave everything so that some might be saved. And I am filled with love for Him.


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