Ps 122:1 – I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the LORD.”
David loved the house of God. He showed it in so many ways all throughout his life. Obviously, that is what his whole life was about. He lived to see the day that the temple would be finally built in Jerusalem. He spent his life and his resources preparing for the day his son Solomon would finally complete the project. David would often sing about missing God’s house when his circumstances kept him away, Ps 84:1,2 is one of those occurrences.
“How lovely is your dwelling place,
O LORD of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, faints
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.”
Here is how Spurgeon described David’s longing for God’s house.
“David’s heart was in the worship of God, and he was delighted when he found others inviting him to go where his desires had already gone: it helps the ardor of the most ardent to hear others inviting them to a holy duty. The word was not “go, “but “let us go”; hence the ear of the Psalmist found a double joy in it. He was glad for the sake of others: glad that they wished to go themselves, glad that they had the courage and liberality to invite others. He knew that it would do them good; nothing better can happen to men and their friends than to love the place where God’s honor dwells. What a glorious day shall that be when many people shall go and say, “Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths.”
Our recent circumstances have separated us from gathering in God’s house like we normally would. For some, it awakens a greater desire to be in the presence of the Lord in God’s house with our family and friends. Regretfully, if we stay away too long those longings may grow weaker and weaker. We are intended by the Lord to need the community of God’s people. It’s there we meet with the Lord, receive healing and strength for our soul, and find love and fellowship that is only found in God’s people. If you haven’t returned to God’s house consistently maybe your heart will respond with joy when you hear David’s cry,
“I was glad when they said to me,
‘Let us go into the house of the LORD.’”