In Psalm 122 David made a resolution on behalf of the people of God. Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. In simple terms he was determined to stay within the gates of the city, within the house of the Lord.
1I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. 2 Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. 3 Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together: 4 Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the Lord. 5 For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. 6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. 7 Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. 8 For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. 9 Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good.
One of the signs of the end times is a great falling away. I’m thankful that when I come to church I see you here. If you’re not here then I know you’ll be right back. Our feet stand together if we trust the Lord. It’s a great encouragement to know David was glad to be in the house of God. If we lose our desire to come to the house of God, it’s time for a spiritual checkup. The first thing the devil will try to steal is your desire to be here at church. If you dread it, it’s time to pray. In reality nothing can hinder us except ourselves. Nothing can step on the blessing you’ll receive if you come with the desire to seek God and worship him. That determination comes from our daily walk with the Lord. Every service gives us something to gird us up until the next time. This is why we return.
Be known as a child of God who is faithful to the house of God. God’s house is tightly built on the outside. Everything is in its place. We should be tightly fit together on the inside as well as we are on the outside. It excited David to come to the house of God. He wanted to be with God’s people in fellowship in His house. Being tightly knit together leaves no room for falsehood and hypocrisy. Being fit together tightly will help us keep the devil out!
The reason we come is to move forward, to “go up.” We get a little closer in God’s house. We find the testimony of his Word. We experience God’s Spirit each day, but the experience is special at His house. We can be rightly taught in the house of God. He shows us what to do, how he needs to work and what we need to do for him. God’s throne is on high, but he has set it before us in his Word. It tells the truth, the reality of our lives. I’m thankful for a house that provides that kind of clarity.
Our true prosperity is not in the dollar. It’s in Jesus. He takes what we have and makes it last. Our Savior is called the Prince of Peace. God’s house is a house of prayer, a house of peace. How can sinners find salvation in the house of God if they find it in the midst of feuding? If it’s not a house of peace, it’s not the house of God. We can take what we have found in Christ—the peace of God—and can have that same peace within our families. This is not only pleasing God, it pleases others as well. We’re all humans. We all fail. We all have room to be better to the Lord and to each other. If we want the God of peace to be in our midst, we need to be the people of peace. Before he will hear us at the altar, we must have peace with each other. It starts here.
Because of what the house of the Lord means, we need help. We need each other and we all need the Lord. We need God. We need Jesus. We need the Word. We need the church. That means I will seek your good and you’ll seek mine. This is when we’ll get to the point of joining David in saying I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.
Make the resolution that David made. Our feet will stand within the gates of the house of the Lord.