“Let Us Go Into The House Of The LORD”

By Pastor Mitch
August 31, 2018

In today’s stressful environments, a common feeling that we may struggle with is discouragement.   We may be discouraged because of the problems and difficulties of life. If we give in to discouragement, it may even lead to despair. The challenge for us is to seek encouragement.

As the pilgrims made their way to Jerusalem, they would often encourage each other about going to the house of the Lord. There was a special sense of joy in being with the Lord in His house. King David drew inspiration from those who were on pilgrimage to Jerusalem. There are two sources of encouragement that they disclosed.

  1. Drawing encouragement from the Lord God

I will lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2

The Lord God is a wonderful source of encouragement. The writer of Psalm 121, as he saw the hills on his way to Jerusalem, was reminded of the Lord God Almighty. He sought to turn to Him as his all-sufficient source of help. He would be there for him in every circumstance and at any time of the day.   The Lord would be his constant help and deliverer. He would keep and preserve him always. Truly, we can draw much encouragement from the Lord.

  1. Drawing encouragement from people

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the LORD.” Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!”   Psalm 122:1-2

The pilgrims found encouragement from each other to go the house of the Lord. David’s own heart resonated with this. These were his own brethren and companions. They feared and loved the Lord. David was able to find mutual encouragement from them in having a special sense of joy in going to the house of the Lord to worship Him. He thought about what it meant to enter into Jerusalem to give thanks to Him. He was challenged to pray for peace in Jerusalem on behalf of his brethren and companions. Young people, let’s also learn to encourage each other to love the Lord and to love His house.