Daily D – Psalm 122:1
I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let’s go to the house of the LORD.”
PSALM 122:1 (CSB)
Today is Sunday. It is the first day of a new week. The week now past was eventful. There were important meetings and deep conversations. There were training events, planning events, and medical procedures.
Today as we gather for worship, we will put all of these things in perspective. We will praise God for who he is. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. As he has actively guided his people day by day through all the events of time, so has he guided us in the week now past. So will he guide us in the week to come.
We will thank God for this past week’s good news, good work, and good relationships. We will thank him in advance for how he will guide us through the days ahead. We will seek his grace, mercy, and guidance for the things we can see and those we cannot.
We will look around at those gathered with us in worship and know each one is on a journey, each one experiences God’s reality in one measure or another. We pray for one another and encourage one another. We celebrate with one another and weep with one another.
Together we celebrate and contemplate, we sing and we pray, we hear God’s truth, we adjust our lives.
Worship is not a show for saints and sinners. Worship is a gathering of people on pilgrimage. We are all works in progress. We take life a day at a time, often wondering if anything meaningful is happening in us, through us, or around us. It is on Sunday quite often when the mundane moments of long days and longer nights gain clarity. It is on Sunday when perspectives shift. It is on Sunday when we realize and remember God’s promises and that there is a larger family who seeks our success.
One more cup of coffee, a shave, a shower, and a gathering of Bibles and Moleskine notebooks and off we go to join others in worship and commitment.
I will join the church gathered in joyful celebration and loving contemplation.
Our Father, thank you for Sundays. Thank you for these regular days of worship and rest. Thank you for family and friends who gather to sing your praise, to learn your truth, to adjust our lives, and to prepare to join you in work that also feels like worship when we do it in a manner that honors you and serves others. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.