Psalms 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.
Before we can bring back the glory, it is important to understand why David said he was glad to go into the house of the Lord in Psalms 122:1. He said so because for him going into the house of the Lord brought him great joy and pleasure. The reason that was the case was because going into the house of the Lord is symbolic of going into God’s presence; and there is absolutely nothing in this world that brings greater joy and pleasure than to be In the presence of God. It is why Psalms 16:11 says “in His presence there is fullness of joy and at his right hand pleasures forevermore. For David, going into the house of the Lord brought an expectation of experiencing great joy that he felt nowhere else. Every time that we congregate in the house of the Lord, we should feel the same joy.
What would it take for us to experience the same joy and pleasure that David felt every time we go into the house of the Lord? We must bring back the glory of His presence into our worship services. In the same way that David had to bring back the glory represented by the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem or place of worship, we must do likewise. One practical step that we can take to do that is to rebuild the prayer altar. Prayer is necessary because it connects us to God. Unless we are connected to God we cannot feel him close and without His presence our times of worship will be dry and empty. It is not a coincidence that when the early church prayed in Acts 4:31 they were filled with the Holy Spirit again. The foundation of prayer caused them to experience the glory of God in its full measure. We must rebuild the prayer altar. Another thing that we must do to bring back the glory is to worship God in spirit and truth. Prayer connects us to God, but it takes true worship to cause His presence to remain with us. Psalms 22:3 says He inhabits the praise of His people. To worship Him in spirit and truth we must position ourselves in His presence. allow our worship service to be directed by His spirit and align all we do to the word of God. We will only experience the joy that David felt when we bring back the glory.
Life Application: Bring back the glory by rebuilding the prayer altar to position us in God’s presence, then let the Holy Spirit direct from start to finish as we do what his word says.
Prayer: Lord, we can not do anything without your presence. I invite your presence in our home, church, community and this country. Let your glory fill us. In Jesus’ name, amen.