Good morning brethren
We are continuing our studies on the Psalms of degrees, marking the steps of maturity in the pilgrimage of the saints of God as they make their assent to the house of God. These psalms are 15 in number of "degrees", and spiritually show us that the Christian life is a advancement, though ever higher, a gradual one, step by step, experience by experience.
We now look at Psalms 122. Our Third step, the Joy of Communion and Fellowship of the Saints.
" I was glad when they said unto me,Let us go into the house of the Lord. Our feet shall standwithin thy gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is buildedas a city that is compact together: Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord,unto the testimony of Israel,to give thanks unto the name of the Lord. For there are set thrones of judgment,the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls,and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions' sakes,I will now say, Peace be within thee. Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good."
When you decide to take the First step, and go on a pilgrims journey to the "House of God" it is followed by the hatred of the world.
Your Distress is met with your seeking comfort in the one who is the reason you went on this journey in the first place. He sends his Spirit through the word of Peace and Security. " I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Eternal Security vindicated. Step Two. Now we have come to step three, the Joy of the fellowship of the Church, and it's Encouragement. You are taken from the World, but the World is replaced by a better fellowship, Those who are on the same journey as you are. The house of God here is just a place of edification while you are traveling to the Real House of God that will be our home up there Forever. (Psalms 23:6)
You need Fellowship and Instruction, and our third step in our spiritual maturity is getting into the place where his glory resides and where we find Judgment and Truth to strengthen our souls. Praise God for his Church, "Our Home Away from Home".
Lord bless you children
Step Three: The Joy of the fellowship of the Church
Good morning brethren