Summary: The psalmist finds many many blessing in Gods house.

Psalm 122 “ Come to Church to receive a blessing”

1. The psalmist, why is he so glad to go to the house of the Lord? Because in Gods house he finds blessings.

• I was glad when they said to me Let us go to the house of the Lord!’

• This sounds genuine. He really was truly glad.

• Sometimes we go to church” because of an obligation.

• Have we lost the “glad” part of worship?

• Do we anticipate eagerly our interaction and connections with others who will likewise be worshiping God with us.

• Now if folks don’t go to church, they’re missing out on a blessing.

1. The psalmist is Glad because He knows he will receive a blessing when he goes to Gods house

• IF one does not go, no blessing from pastor, no blessing from friend in church, they’re missing a blessing, perhaps worse than anything no blessing from God.

• I think Being with the company of the faithful results in blessing and it results in gladness of heart and spirit.

• When the psalmist goes he either is reminded or remembers our “feet are standing in the gates” is that like standing on “Holy Ground”

• Blessings come as a result of being reminded “ As the tribes go up” they Remember what the lord has done

2. The psalmist receives the blessings of Peace it is “Peace be within your walls” (v. 7).

• The walls refer to the walls of the city the hope is that peace may come to the neighborhoods and communities who live within these walls.

• Today we find with in the walls of Church a blessing of peace and hope

• There is a prayer in our hymnal that offers peace if we will forgive each other’s faults, let us love each other well, let strife be unknown among us, let there be no division, no strife.

• Forgive we now each other’s faults as we our faults confess; And let us love each other well in Christian holiness. Let strife among us be unknown, let all contention cease Be God’s the glory that we seek, be ours God’s holy peace —“Where Charity and Love Prevail,” (549)

3. The Psalmist finds In the house of the lord the blessings of security

• “security within your towers” (v. 7).

• The hope is that these towers will provide protection for weary pilgrims as well as for the citizens within the walls.

• The towers are symbols of security and safety. So when the psalmist says, “May security be within your towers,” he is expressing the hope that Jerusalem and its pilgrims and inhabitants will be safe.

• When we have peace, we feel safe. Whether it is peace in the neighborhood or peace at work, peace in the house or peace in our church, we feel safer, more secure and happier than when peace is absent.

4. The final blessing the Psalmist shares is “May peace be with you”

• Once again, the assumption is that too often peace is not within us.

• Something else is within us. What is within us? Anger? Bitterness? Ingratitude? Pettiness? A longstanding grudge? A lust for something or someone we cannot have? Dissatisfaction? Uncertainty, discord, Are these things within us? Where is the peace

• Jesus talks about the peace he wants to leave with us. The apostle Paul prays that the “peace of God which passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:8). May peace be within your walls; May you have security in your towers, and May peace be within you.