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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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.