When Sunday morning rolls around, many like to curl up with the paper and a cup of coffee. Some can’t wait for the games to start on television. God invites us, though, to come together as his people to be changed and unified in worshiping him…
1 It is good to praise the Lord
and make music to your name, O Most High,
2 proclaiming your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night,
3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
and the melody of the harp.
4 For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;
I sing for joy at what your hands have done.
5 How great are your works, Lord,
how profound your thoughts!
12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
13 planted in the house of the Lord,
they will flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green,
15 proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;
he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
Psalm 92:1-5, 12-15
When I came across Psalm 92 this morning, I was immediately taken back to Sunday. Psalm 92 is billed as a psalm for the Sabbath, and so there is an expectation that we will focus on rest in God and congregational worship. It is good, the psalmist says, to praise the Lord and make music to his name (vs. 1).
We did just that on Sunday. We were led into the proclamation (vs. 2) of God’s faithfulness, goodness, and salvation. We were made glad by the deeds of God (vs. 4).
God has made our hearts to be fulfilled by worshiping together. It is difficult to describe what happens when we join together. Often, we don’t think we need to, and we might not even want to be in the gathering of God’s people to worship. And then the Spirit moves us. Then he brings us into unity in the only place where unity is undeniable.
At the foot of the cross, every eye is on Jesus and every heart unified in praising him.
There we flourish like trees planted by God in his courts. We bear fruit forever in that place. And the eternal voice of the gathering of God’s people is that God is our rock (vs. 15).
Blessed be the name of the Lord our God.