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The Joy of Attendance (Psalm 122:1)

Introductory Thoughts

David was a man after the heart of God (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22). He loved the Lord and it repeatedly showed in his life. Even on the occasions when he failed the Lord, he repentantly sought the Lord. In fact, one of the greatest manifestations of David’s love for the Lord manifested itself in his love for the house of God. In our passage, David spoke of the overwhelming gladness he had when contemplating a trip to God’s house. He received great joy in knowing that it was there that he could meet and fellowship with God whom he so deeply loved. As born-again believers, we have many reasons why we should long to meet with the saints of God in worship. We too should rejoice when others say, “Let us go unto the house of the LORD.”

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): Read Psalm 84:2, 4. David loved to go to God's house. The things he learned there helped him to have joy in his life every day. Are you regularly happy about going to church? 
  • (For everyone): Do you feel as though you have to go to church or that you get to go to church? Is church attendance a burden or a joy? Do you find gladness in knowing you get to meet with the Lord?
  • What are some reasons David could find joy in going to the house of the Lord? What are some reasons we should find joy and gladness in attending church?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to give you a longing for His house.
  • Ask the Lord to help you have the right spirit when attending the place of worship.


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