“I was glad when they reported to me, ‘Let us go to the household of the LORD!’” These amazing terms have been published by the sweet Psalmist of Israel, King David, virtually 3,000 years back (Psalm 122:1). He was a man who understood and loved God (2 Samuel 6:12-23), yethe was a terrific sinner — who was at the similar time a man of good repentance (Psalm 32:5 51:4 Acts 13:22). All those non secular attributes however describe the heart of the real youngster of God, a coronary heart that above all else, loves the worship of the Residing God.
Just pay attention to the text of our Lord Jesus when He spoke with the lady at the perfectly: “… Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the location exactly where men and women should to worship.” Jesus claimed to her, “Woman, consider me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now below, when the legitimate worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and real truth, for the Father is seeking these types of people to worship Him. God is spirit, and individuals who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:19-24).
Oh indeed, each 7 days, I glimpse ahead to Sunday, the Lord’s Working day (Revelation 1:10). And when this blessed working day comes I joyfully anticipate looking at the sweet faces of God’s men and women, and in search of the confront of God collectively by way of praise, prayer, provider, providing and the reception of the Phrase of God preached. Beloved, this is the regular and only response of the heart that has been profoundly modified by God (2 Corinthians 5:17)! Having said that, let us bear in mind, in principle, that all those opening words and phrases of David over (from Psalm 122:1) ended up spoken by a reigning monarch who dominated around a covenanted country with a Theocratic Temple where by Israel was to supply correct and suitable sacrifices of worship to the Dwelling God.
In theory, this photo also applies to us. We have come to Jerusalem, “But you have appear to Mount Zion and to the metropolis of the Living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Choose of all, and to the spirits of the righteous designed excellent, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a improved word than the blood of Abel” (Hebrews 12:22-24 see also Psalm 122:2- 4 — “Our ft have been standing within just your gates, O Jerusalem! Jerusalem — developed as a metropolis that is certain firmly together, to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, as was decreed for Israel, to give many thanks to the title of the LORD”).
Further more, as David cherished his country, even nevertheless a citizen of heaven,so we are to adore our earthly nation, nevertheless citizens of heaven.
Now, here’s the all-vital query for us: Do you appreciate America? I hope so. Has not Divine providence smiled upon us by positioning us in this terrific land of lots and liberty (Functions 17:26 — “And He designed from a single male each individual nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, acquiring determined allotted intervals and the boundaries of their dwelling place”)? Beloved, God has placed us listed here! A country presently in a moral and religious crisis! But be sure to consider note: The usa is the only nation in the planet that was at any time established upon a creed (The Declaration of Independence), while all other nations discovered their identification from their ethnicity, geography or cultural traditions. But The us has been a land exactly where spiritual liberty and righteous citizenry have traditionally walked aspect-by-facet.
O, just hear the fantastic patriot Daniel Webster’s pursuing words and phrases: “Whatever will make a person a superior Christian, also helps make him a excellent citizen.” So then, beloved, if we like our earthly nation, then, as citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20 — “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ”), we will adore America by: … living holy lives, set aside for the Lord (1 Peter 1:14-16) … living salty and bright life which will act as a preserving agent exposing our culture’s ethical decay and non secular darkness (Matthew 5:13-16) … voting for morally upright leaders and then faithfully praying for them (Deuteronomy 16:18-20 1 Timothy 2:1-8 and Psalm 122:5-8 — “There thrones for judgment were set, the thrones of the household of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! Might they be protected who like you! Peace be in your partitions and stability inside your towers!” For my brothers and companions’ sake I will say, “Peace be in just you!]) …having purposeful, really Christian homes (Joshua 24:14-15 Ephesians 5:22-6:4) and … acquiring churches that are certainly alive as knowledge-centers in this foolish age (Ephesians 3:10, 21), who preach faithfully the gospel of no cost-grace (Functions 20:24). Last of all, may possibly this love for our country always be inspired by the subsequent terms from God by means of David — “For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your good”(Psalm 122:9).
In summary, let us draw around to God currently: first, by paying attention to our coronary heart planning for encountering the Residing God this coming Lord’s Day, by way of our praises and prayers with His people, and next, by our attending to the public reading and preaching of His Holy Phrase. Soli Deo Gloria! Occur Worship with us, in particular person, this Sunday at 10:30am —2601 Audubon Travel, listed here in Laurel or at a person of our two online addresses: www. fb.com/audubonchurch or www.YouTube.com “Audubon Push Bible Church.”