Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,
to dwell in your courts!
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
the holiness of your temple! (Ps 65:3 ESV)
There is so much in the psalms that point us to the house of the Lord. You can’t read the psalms and come away with a harsh view of God. The “courts of the Lord” are spoken of with such warmth. It is evident that David and the other psalm writers have fond memories of their time in worship. It is in worship that they gain a vision of the Lord in His goodness and recount they way He has chosen them from all the peoples on the earth, established them in the Promised Land, written His name upon them and through them brought blessing to the nations. In this psalm, he writes of being satisfied, satiated by the goodness of God’s house. There is no place like it in all the world!
The Psalms challenge us to consider our view of worship, as congregants, and our approach to worship as worship leaders. Are we striving toward treating it with the reverence and warmth that we find in the Psalms? I pray for that.
Chronological Reading Plan plus Psalms: Num 26-27, Ps 65