June 4: “Gladness and Worshipping in God’s House”

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2 Samuel 22:1–23:23
Acts 2:1-47
Psalm 122:1-9
Proverbs 16:19-20


Psalm 122:1 “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD.'”


In the Old Testament, “the house of the Lord” was the temple. It was a building that was designated for the purpose of worship. If the people wanted to come into God’s presence, they went to the temple (“the house of the Lord”).

But, after Jesus ascended into Heaven (Acts 1:9-11) and the Holy Spirit came down (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; Acts 2; etc.), the Holy Spirit took up residence within the bodies of believers (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). And according to that last Scriptural reference, our bodies are now the “temple of the Holy Spirit” (a.k.a. “the house of the Lord”). Our bodies are now the place where we worship the Lord.

That brings up two very important points:

1). Our worship is no longer limited to a time and location. We are to worship our Lord in each moment of every day in whatever location we find ourselves in (1 Corinthians 10:31).

2). The church building is not the only place of worship. The “church” is actually a called-out group of believers – not the buildings. It is the body of believers who gather for corporate worship, mutual encouragement, needed accountability, and so much more. While our worship is not limited to our gathered times, we realize that the Christian life was never intended to be lived alone – we need each other. So, we gather weekly to worship together.

So, our Verse for Today should apply in at least two ways:

1). We should desire to be glad all the time because we ARE the house of the Lord.

2). We should desire to be glad every time we prepare to gather with other believers in our respective churches because, in a very special way, we get to experience our God with our family of friends.

Psalm 122:1 “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD.'”

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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