“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’”
—Psalm 122:1 ESV
In Psalm 122 the author looks forward to the destination of their pilgrimage: gathering with fellow worshipers in the Temple in Jerusalem.
Now, it is important to realize that, since Jesus’ death and resurrection, the “house of the Lord” is no longer contained to a temple in Jerusalem or a church building in your city.
God’s house, his dwelling place, is the people who believe in Jesus (see 1 Peter 2:5). Both as a collective and as individuals, carrying God’s presence with them wherever they go.
Our pilgrimage involves weekly worship with fellow believers, but goes much further than that.
Ours is a daily pilgrimage to the place of God’s presence.
When we realize that God dwells in our heart and is close at hand, we will begin to wake up every morning full of gladness at the prospect of meeting with him.
Because we will find that the house of the Lord, the destination of our pilgrimage, is found in our home, our workplace, the supermarket, and every place we go on a daily basis.
Because God is with us.
Here is a simple prayer to carry with you today:
Exhale: I want to meet with you today.