Where can we find joy?
People find joy in everywhere else but in a church. However, the psalmist found joy in a Temple during the worship. I agree with her. I always find joy when I worship God with singing and praising his name. I hope that others find joy in worship also and sing this psalm with me.
“How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise. Selah!”
The whole universe is God’s house!
However, when we think deeper, we realize that the whole universe is God’s house. We can worship God in nature and we can praise God in work places. We can have worship everywhere when our hearts are ready. So we can worship God weekdays while we are preparing the Sunday worship! The psalmist experience joy already when she moves towards the worship place.
“Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. As they go through the valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; the God of gods will be seen in Zion. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah”
Still we need a special place to encounter God.
We can worship God everywhere but we need a special place for God. It is like our bedroom. We can make love everywhere but we have our bed room just for us. It is a sign of our special covenant. We cherish the special relationship with God and we love our worshipping place.
“Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed. For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor. No good thing does the Lord withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, happy is everyone who trusts in you.”