Traveling from the Dark Places
Verse 5 Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek, that I live among the tents of Kedar!
This verse of woe may seem like a strange direction to take a song of praise and yet when we look closer at the verse there seems to be a bit more to unpack about these places listed so we can understand why it was important to think about as they journeyed to Jerusalem.
Meshek was to the north of Israel and Kedar was to the south. While the journey may have seemed more of a struggle for those coming from afar, this isn’t exactly the point the psalmist was making. Yes, it made for a long trip but it was one that they desired to take. The journey was to a festival that God had called them to keep and to get together for. This was something that the people of God looked forward to. Maybe not the journey but definitely the destination.
If we look at the verses before and after our key verse we can see the truth about what the psalmist is referring to by mentioning these cities. Both of these towns were outside the area of the land of Israel. Not only were they outside the boundaries, they were out of God’s favor and full of God-less people. These people were liars and hateful to the people of God in their midst.
When the people of God would head out onto this journey it was more than going to a festival in a faraway place, it was heading to a time of worship and fellowship. To sing about where they were leaving and the people they were leaving behind would be a way of praising God for protecting them. It was a reminder that God calls us out of the evil that surrounds us to worship Him.
We too live in a place where evil surrounds us on every side and God still calls us to worship and fellowship. We are called to separate ourselves from the world to seek His presence but He doesn’t call us to a certain city for festivals, He calls us to come to Him anytime and anywhere. He also desires us to gather with other believers to worship together and celebrate His mighty deeds. This is the journey we are on as Christians. We are to be rejoicing that He has done great things and adopted us as His precious children.
Making It Personal
Do you enjoy your time in the world or do you find more pleasure in worshiping God with fellow believers? Why should we find pleasure in worshiping God? Is your view of worship reflected in the way you head to church?
Making It Personal Kids
Do you find it hard to think about Jesus when there are people around that don’t like Him? Why is it important to show Jesus that you love Him even when others don’t? Do like to worship Jesus with other believers at church?
Father, thank You for calling us out of the dark places to worship You with other believers. Help us remember how important it is to come together as believers to worship You. In Jesus’ name, amen.