Psalm 132 calls on God to remember David’s zeal to establish a dwelling place for God, and how the news spread that God had a resting place in Zion where He could be worshiped. Because of David’s love for God, God swore to establish David’s line in perpetual kingship, making the city of Zion a place where provisions, praise, and peace would always abound. As you come to worship today, rejoice that God remembered David and brought these priestly and kingly aspects together in David’s Son Jesus, who reigns over us as king forever, and who has made us into a holy temple for His praise.
It may come as a shock to be greeted this morning by a joyful-hearted trash-talking momma, but that’s exactly what we find in 1 Sam. 2:1-10. Hannah rebukes her enemies for choosing lame, unholy gods that cannot compare with Yahweh. In His wisdom and might, He empties the full and fills the empty, exalts the lowly and humbles the proud. He defends His people and guards their feet, but He cuts off the wicked, and they stumble and fall. As you come to worship, let go of the worries and doubts that tempt you to choose other gods. Laugh at the idols, and rejoice, for there is no rock like your God!
Psalm 127 exhorts us to remember that without the gifts of God, our life is vain. If He is not at work, all of our anxious work is useless. But God is not stingy with His gifts. He gladly watches over you, blesses your work, and gives you peaceful rest. As we joyfully worship Him for these gifts, He surrounds us with even greater blessings. He rewards us with children, and these little ones are a mark of glory that equip us to do battle in the Lord’s name, and to stand unashamed of living for God’s glory. As you sing today surrounded by children, rejoice in the blessings of God!
Psalm 146 contrasts the uncertain and temporary help given by princes to the forever faithful and just rule of the Lord. There is no salvation in man, for as soon as he dies, his promises and plans go with him, but Lord will reign forever. The blessings of His rule include justice for the oppressed, food for the hungry, liberty for the captives, sight for the blind, and care for sojourners, widows, and orphans. As we come to worship today in light of the life of Jesus Christ, we are putting our trust in the heavenly Prince of Peace who has indeed shown us the love of God. Let us sing praises to God as long as we live!
You are blessed to be planted in a congregation of people who delight in God’s law. Your thirsty roots reach out, and find living water. You aren’t useless or barren; you bring forth fruit that others can enjoy. You don’t sicken and wither like those growing by the scum pond of sin and scoffing. As you come to worship, God’s judgment is blowing through your branches. That crashing sound you hear is the toppling of the wicked, but God knows not to destroy you. Instead, He continues to feed your delight. You are blessed to be planted among the righteous.
In Psalm 125, the psalmist rejoices that those who make the Lord their rock become like Him – steadfast and immovable, secure and unshaken. The Lord stands between His people and their enemies like a tall mountain range, and does not allow wickedness to get comfortable, so that His people don’t grow used to evil rulers. God will return goodness to those who are good and upright, but He will remove all evildoers and those who turn aside from following Him. This is how God brings peace to those who trust in Him, and so these truths should fill you with joy as you come to worship the Lord today.