There is something special about the place we worship! (Psalm 84:1-4, 10)
I am keenly aware of two important scriptures that we need to focus on before proceeding with my thoughts on being thankful for the place, or should I say meeting place, we gather a couple of times a week to worship God.
We certainly understand God does not dwell in a building on this earth.
God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;Acts 17:24
We are also aware that God the Holy Spirit dwells within all born again believers today.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?1 Corinthians 3:16
But it sure is wonderful that God has seen fit to not only allow us, but to provide for us, a place to gather.
And that is why I would like to draw your attention to this fact: There is something special about the place we worship!
The writer of this Psalm takes his time in explain to us a number of reasons he takes great delight in the place he comes to worship God.
It is a place that brings delight to the saints. (Verse 1)
Amiable-worthy to be loved. There are two ways to show your love for the assembling place.
- Be there – Hebrews 10:25
- Be happy when you are there – Psalm 122:1
There are many reasons to love the place you gather together: There you can find hope, help, fellowship, friendship, companionship, understanding, and worship.
Every saint should have a desire to be in this place. (Vs. 2, 10a)
David’s entire being longed to be in the house of God.
He looked at the place of gathering as an oasis in a barren, dry land. – Psalm 27:4; 1 Chronicles 29:3
The desire of your heart will determine where you want to be. I am glad so many decide to be in this place, 116 S. Enola Drive, often during the week!
It is a place of devotion (faithfulness, loyalty). (Verse 3,4)
Why did these two small insignificant birds come to his mind? Did these birds perhaps perch or nest near the top of the house of worship?
What do these little birds have to do with the house of God and devotion?
- The church is a place for the unwanted – Matthew 10:28-31; John 6:37; Romans 10:13
- The church is a place you can feel comfortable & safe – Psalm 96:6
- The church is a place for the pilgrim. The word nest can give the idea of something just temporary – Hebrews 11:13
- The church is a place for the young – Proverbs 22:6
- The church is a place for the weary. The word nest again implies a place to rest – Matthew 11:28
It is a place of duty. (Verse 10b)
The church is a place we can use the abilities He has given us to bring honor and glory to Him. – Ephesians 2:10; James 2:18; Romans 12:4-8; Matthew 6:19, 20
Can you make this statement and mean it? There is something special about the place we worship!