Friendship Baptist Church Kansas City, Missouri
Worship The Lord With Gladness!
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I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!” Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem! - Psalm 122:1-2 ESV

 

In the simplest way possible this text expresses delight and joy in the worship and presence of God. Unfortunately, this simple yet profound experience is often missed by many today who have either become disillusioned by unmet expectations of worship or distracted by the others who also participate in worship. Whatever the case, there is a sense in which people today have forfeited the experience of "gladness" expressed in the text by the psalmist and those early pilgrims that traveled "up" to Jerusalem for worship.

 

The gladness in the text is not only to be understood as exclusively worship, but also the trans formative results and experiences of worship. Justice, Peace, Healing and Hope. Worship is never to be limited to a performance or an event. It is always an experience with God and others.

 

“I was glad …!” because burdens might be lifted, restitution made, and justice finally done.

 

“I was glad …!” because Jerusalem is a place of refuge, safety, and sanctuary. 

 

"I was glad....!" because in His Presence energy and enthusiasm for life is renewed.

 

The pilgrims traveled the roads that led up to the Holy City of Jerusalem for worship. Hence Psalm 121 and 123 both  state, "I will lift up my eyes to the hills." It is this "upward" perspective of worship that changes the course of our life. 

 

Make your worship experience this week more than the usual routine of rituals and movements, although you may find comfort in routine, step outside of those liturgical expectations and seek to experience God by focusing on His Goodness, His Grace, and His Greatness. Your worship may never be the same.

 

 

Here I Am To Worship


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