Joining the Journey
Psalm 122:1 I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
Whether it is singing in the shower, singing along with radio in the car or just breaking out into song as if we are living the life of a musical we all sing at some point in our lives. It doesn’t matter if we sing the beautiful trills of a wren or squawk like a crow, the Lord made us with the ability to make some resemblance of singing.
The book of Psalms is full of songs written for every occasion. 15 of these songs are written with the purpose of preparing the heart for worship. These songs have been used by many generations of God’s people as they make the journey to Jerusalem for the three festivals that they were to celebrate together. Jerusalem is an uphill climb from every direction and so these songs are called the songs of ascent. They also may have been sung by the priests as they climbed the 15 steps into the Temple before its destruction around 70 AD.
Since they are songs to prepare our hearts for worship they are good for us to know as well. We too often head to church to worship God but aren’t prepared until we get there. What if we were to get our hearts prepared before we got there? Would it make a difference in our worship if we were already warmed up spiritually?
We must also remember that they weren’t traveling alone. They would have been going in groups of family and friends, likely adding people from various towns along the journey. They were on their way to a festival and maybe were going to see people they hadn’t seen since the last festival journey to the city on the hill. And while there would be excitement about what was happening, they sang these songs along the way to remember that the reason they were going was to worship the God who had brought them out of the bondage of Egypt.
As we study these psalms of the journey to worship, let’s think about our own journey. Let’s remember the bondage of sin He has saved us from. Let’s find joy in heading into His house, not just because of the fellowship of our fellow believers but because we are excited to celebrate who He is with those who also know of His greatness. And let’s not be afraid to call others to join us along the journey.
Making It Personal
What is your attitude like as you head to church on Sunday? Do you wait until the service starts to prepare your heart to seek Him? What can you change to enhance your worship?
Making It Personal Kids
Do you like to sing about Jesus? Does singing about Jesus make you excited to go to church? Would singing about Jesus on the way to church help you be ready to worship Jesus with others?
Father, You are worthy of our worship any time and all the time, help us remember that we are to worship You no matter where we are and not just when we are at church. In Jesus’ name, amen.