Ps 122:1 – The House of the Lord

I rejoiced with those who said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

I recently heard a comment by a well meaning pastor that the church is not the gathering of the people but the people who make up the church.

To a degree this is true. The church remains the church whether it is gathered or not. But, it is not completely true.

The word church comes from the Greek ekklesia, meaning ‘called out(or together) It became common for people to refer to the word as an assembly. Some argue that strictly speaking assembly is not the right interpretation.

While we may argue semantics, certainly the assembling of God’s people together is without doubt the intention in scripture, and we see this here in the first line of the Psalm.

David is exceedingly happy with those who were encouraging him to go with them to the place of gathering before the Lord.

The measure of our spiritual maturity , is our response to those who encourage us to go to gather before the Lord.

Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

This habit should be a weekly one, and should not for any, but very unusual circumstances, be broken.

Ps 119:100 Understanding from Obedience

We must be cautious in thinking that understanding comes from knowledge and not obedience. While knowledge does have a part to play in understanding it is not the whole

We can become lost in our understanding of God because of small self justified disobediences that creep into our lives

For a Believer to grow in their understanding of God they need to grow in their obedience. It is why as those who lead others must teach what Jesus commanded us to teach, obedience.

Ps 119:71 – Affliction makes us Bitter or Better

It is good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes.

We have a choice of how we respond to the difficulties of this life.

Use hard times to examine yourself in the Lord and ask the hard questions of obedience to His commands.. 

Don’t use hard times as an excuse for disobedience, which is easy to do. We do tend to let ourselves off the hook in our commitments and obedience to the Lord when we are in troubled times.