Longview church of Christ
1401 Eden Dr. 
Longview, TX 75605-4104

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Message from Scripture: 8/8/2020

Today’s message from Scripture comes from Psa. 122:1: “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let’s go to the house of the Lord.’” 

In this psalm, David speaks of those who suggested to him to go to the house of the Lord, to worship God. As the temple was not constructed until Solomon was king, this no doubt would be to go to the tabernacle, perhaps with the ark of the covenant being brought to Jerusalem. Here was the center of the spiritual life of a united nation of Israel. To gather together to worship God there, and to pray for God’s blessings on them (122:6) was appropriate. It was a reminder to them of the relationship they had with God, and of His rich blessings to them as long as they sought Him.

The Lord’s day, the first day of the week, is a special day for us as God’s chosen ones in Christ. We are drawn together to remember the great sacrifice Christ made for us on the cross, shedding His blood that we could be redeemed from our sins. We remember His resurrection from the dead, which powerfully proclaims Him to be Lord and Savior. It validates His life and points to His return, to our resurrection from the dead. To worship God and pray for His blessings is appropriate, as we think of God’s great plan of salvation, and of His rich blessings to us as long as we seek Him.

There is not a time when we should take any of this for granted, or exempt ourselves from such devotion. The Hebrew writer reminds us, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful. By it, we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:28-29). May we rejoice and take advantage of the privilege God gives us to assemble and worship Him, a foretaste of doing so in eternity. God bless.