7 But I, by your great mercy,
will come into your house;
in reverence will I bow down
toward your holy temple.—The words of King David from Psalm 5:7
During World War II, a salesman traveled by train throughout the Eastern United States. Sometimes his extensive travel would wear him down. But, on many winter Sunday evenings, he would look forward to passing a particular town outside of Washington, DC.
As his train would glide through the Maryland countryside, he would see a glow in the distance. As his train entered the town, that glow would resolve into a brightly lighted church not far from the railroad tracks.
The arrival of his train very often coincided with a large crowd of people entering the doors of the church. The sight of all those people coming on a Sunday evening to worship God would always warm his heart and lift his spirits.
It seems as if King David experienced a similar spiritual boost when he considered the gift of God’s mercy that moved him to come into the house of the Lord. This coming to worship had a profound effect on David’s spiritual formation.
In the Scripture passage at the beginning of this blog post, David talks about the important place that bowing in reverence before the God of the Universe had in determining David’s outlook and the direction he would point his life. God’s provision of a time and place to worship Him gave David needed encouragement and structured a firm foundation on which he could build his faith.
Let me encourage you to find time in your schedule to go to the house of the Lord and spend time in reverent worship. Celebrate the mercy of God in your life. Let Him know how much you appreciate what He has done for you and what He will continue to do for you throughout the remaining days of your life.
Will you pray with me?
Thank You, God, for loving us. Thank You for sending Jesus to be our Savior. Thank You for sending us Your Holy Spirit to dwell within us.
Precious Father, we praise You for Your mercy, grace, and love. We thank You that You have made a provision for us to be able to worship You in freedom. Draw us into Your presence and give us the motivation to set aside time to join with other believers in reverent worship.
We thank You that the promise of Your presence enables us to move forward along the path that You have laid out for us. And, we thank You for hearing our prayer in and through the precious Name of Your Son, our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.