“I was very glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go up to the house of the Lord'” (Psalm 122:1). “Lord, I love the house where you live, the place where your glory dwells” (Psalm 26:8). “I will live in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6).
God calls us to worship him. What a wonderful invitation! It’s more than an invitation that comes to us from other people. It’s an invitation that comes to us from the Lord. It’s more than an invitation to join with other people in worship. It’s the Lord calling to be with him. It’s more than a call which comes to us from a place where God is worshipped. From heaven, God is calling us to worship him. It’s more than a call that comes to us on the Lord’s Day. Every day, the Lord is calling us to worship him. It’s the call of his love. He’s calling us to love him. We give thanks to him for the people with whom we worship. We thank him for the place where we gather together for worship. We thank him for the day on which we gather together to worship him. More than all of this, we thank him that he loves us with an everlasting love. His love for us – this is what keeps us wanting to worship him. Our desire to worship the Lord comes and goes. Sometimes, it’s strong. Often, it’s weak. His love for us is never weak. It’s always strong. When our love for the Lord grows very weak, let us remember this: “his faithful love continues forever” (Psalm 136). We come to the Lord in our weakness, and he speaks to us the words of his love -“I have loved you with a love that lasts forever. I have kept on loving you with a kindness that never fails” (Jeremiah 31:3).