I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord, we read in Psalm 122:1 Someone said to this writer, “hey, let’s go to church.” The response of the writer is even more astonishing, “I was glad.” That is not the usual response when we invite someone to church. Our men, the God Squad or the Good News Squad invite around 50-75 people per week to church. If they get the opportunity, they attempt to invite the prospect to Christ. Last week, an adult male received Christ as his Savior while our men were knocking on doors. However, we meet few people who are glad that we invited them to church. Some are rude, but some are very nice and polite. Some go to church and some do not. There are those who thank us for doing what we are doing. One lady this past week who admitted that she needed to get back in church said, “you all are about the third group this week knocking on our door.” One group was passing out the Yellow Page phone book. Our communities are being bombarded by roof salesmen, Jehovah’s Witnesses, gutter sales people, ATT recruiters, and so on. One person said recently that Google Maps had some people out going door to door. One day a good while back, an agent for a brokerage firm in suit and tie stopped by our house stating that they were getting back to a customer based business. There are many companies who realize the value of just this—people oriented business. Isn’t that what the church is all about—people? We have an older man attending our church now, and as soon as he came in, I asked how he heard about our church. He said, “you came by my house one day not too long ago.” I didn’t remember it, but I’m sure one of us did for we had been in that community about a year ago. He is still attending. In other words, he was glad when we said unto him, let us go into the house of the Lord. We talked to another man recently and invited him to church with a gospel tract. He said that he was a past member of a familiar singing family and at one time was even doing some preaching. He admitted that he needed to get back in church. We sure do find a lot of people who used to go to church. One man was a former pastor who visits many churches but is not settled in any particular one. Our church society is like the buffet line; pick and choose what you like this time and go somewhere else and pick and choose again. Believers, this type of smorgasbord church attendance is not “being glad” about your church relationship.
I believe that the church relationship of the believer is a type of the believer’s relationship with Christ. If a believer is constantly going somewhere else besides church and is constantly being absent from the house of the LORD, it is a pretty good sign that his relationship with the Lord is in tatters.
Psalm 118:26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. Blessed means happy, and ties in perfectly with our glad response of Psalm 122:1 Happy is the people whose God is the LORD. (Ps. 144:15) Are you happy and glad when you go to church?
Remember the OLE ONE HUNDRED?
Verse 2 of Psalm 100, a Thanksgiving Psalm says, ‘serve the LORD with gladness.’
Verse 4 states, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” Saint, why not go to the House of the LORD with gladness?