Entry for May 23, 2008
Today’s Verse: Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” NASB
Psalm 122 is said to be a Davidic psalm lifting up prayer for the peace of Jerusalem. How often in our prayers do we lift up a desire for our nation’s peace? It would seem that regardless of whatever the crisis de jour happens to be, we should always pray for peace. The verse for today is one of many of my personal favorites. I like to highlight verses that really speak to me. There is soon coming a day when I will have to change colors and begin the process again since there are very few verses that are not already highlighted in blue. I suppose I could switch to yellow for the verses that I really, really like. That would end up green which seems appropriate. How does your heart respond when it is time to go up to the “house of the Lord?” Since David was writing of the Tabernacle in Jerusalem in which God’s presence resided during those days, he is thinking of a physical place located in Jerusalem. We too often think of the “house of the Lord” as being a physical place we call a church building. Unless one of you has the Ark of the Covenant stowed away in the back of your church building, God’s very presence does not reside there unless you or other Christians are there. Now, God in the form of His Holy Spirit, resides in us not at a building. So where would we go if someone said to us “Let us go to the house of the Lord?” As His children clothed in Christ’s righteousness, we have what the Bible calls Throne Room access. That is where I would think to go. Does our heart sing like the psalmist’s to have the opportunity to go before our Father in prayer, in His very presence in the Throne Room of Heaven? I pray we are always mindful and glad when we enter the house of the Lord. Why not give today’s verse a little melody and sing it to yourself right now as you go happily to Him in prayer?