Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 122.
“I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
2 Our feet are standing
Within your gates, O Jerusalem,
3 Jerusalem, that is built
As a city that is compact together;
4 To which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord—
An ordinance for Israel—
To give thanks to the name of the Lord.
5 For there thrones were set for judgment,
The thrones of the house of David.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
7 “May peace be within your walls,
And prosperity within your palaces.”
8 For the sake of my brothers and my friends,
I will now say, “May peace be within you.”
9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your good.” Psalm chapter 122.
Today, we consider some elements of our worship service a/k/a “house of the Lord our God”. “For zeal for Your house has consumed me, …” Psalm 69:9.
“One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord
And to meditate in His temple.” Psalm 27:4.
First, we see that it is a place where we “behold the beauty of the Lord And to meditate” on the LORD.
Other doctrine meditates on what man should do.
But, Reformed Doctrine meditates on the beauty of the Lord and what He has done.
Second, we see that it is a place “To give thanks to the name of the Lord.” Verse 4.
“These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God,
With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.” Psalm 42:4.
Other doctrine is thankful for who they are and what they have done.
But, Reformed Doctrine is thankful for Who God is and what God has done.
Third, we see that is “a house of prayer”.
“And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And He *said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a robbers’ den.” Matthew 21:12-13.
Other doctrine feels the necessity of being “seeker sensitive”, that is, being everything to everyone.
But, Reformed Doctrine looks to Scripture and the simple clear elements of what our worship service should be: “a house of prayer”, a place to “give thanks to the name of the Lord”, and a place to “behold the beauty of the Lord And to meditate” on the LORD.