“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” (Psalms 122:1)
Without having a long, drawn-out first sentence, simply put, I love going to Church. Every time I begin to read this verse, I can feel the excitement that David had when someone mentioned going to church.
To hear songs that lead us into the Praise of God, and to hear the Word preached that brings about faith is a beautiful thing. When a person loves it like we do, and when you’re not around it, you miss it.
You hear people say that they don’t have to go to church, they can just stay at home and read their Bible. No they can’t!
The Scripture asks in Romans 10:14, “…how shall they hear without a preacher?” And verse 17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
So, Number One, the Word must be preached to us.
Number Two, Hebrews 10:25 admonishes us, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together...” Why? Because there’s something you get out of fellowshipping with other believers that you can’t get by yourself.
The Psalmist says in Psalms 133:1, “…how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” The reason the Psalmist said that it was good and pleasant is because, as we dwell together in unity, we live out our created purpose of being one Body, as Paul talked about in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. Not only is this unity good and pleasant; but it is so strong, that Paul commands us in Romans 12:15, “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.”
As we assemble ourselves with the body of believers and hear testimony on the goodness of God, we rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. This type of fellowship is so beautiful and sweet, that in Psalm 84:10, the Psalmist said, “I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
Acts 2:44 says, “And all that believed were together, and had all things common.”
Acts 4:32 says, “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.”
To read about such fellowship, and to be a part of it, is such a wonderful thing. Reading my Bible is great and all important, but I’m always glad when they say unto me:
“Let us go into the house of the LORD”!