In the Psalms, we see a certain eagerness and excitement connected with the “house of the Lord.” Now, the Lord’s house in those times was the tabernacle (and later the temple), and also used symbolically as faithfulness in God’s kingdom. But for today, we know that the church (the people of God) is the house of the Lord (1 Cor. 3:16; Eph. 2:19-21) and we need to be a faithful part of it. Knowing that, let’s look at a few verses from the Psalms about the house of God, what the Psalmist felt about it, and apply it to Christians and the church today.
“I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever” (Psa. 23:6; see also Psa. 27:4). The Psalmist wanted to make sure that he was always connected to the Lord’s house. Christian, can you honestly say that you always be a part of the church or is the church low on your totem pole of priorities?
“I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise” (Psa. 42:4; see also Psa. 122:1). The Psalmist was excited about going to the house of the Lord—so much so that he verbally expressed it. Christian, do you show joy every time the church meets, or does it seem a burden to you to have to come?
“But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God” (Psa. 52:8; see also Psa. 92:13). The Psalmist knew that he was most productive when serving the Lord as a faithful member of His house. Christian, do you look at your fullest potential as being productive in the church, or are you content with being a passive member?
Some things to seriously consider. The church is important. Jesus built it (Matt. 16:18) and purchased it with His blood (Acts 20:28). It is important to God and needs to be important to us. Are you excited to be a part of the church? If so, let is show in your life and keep it first and foremost always (Matt. 6:33).
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