26 Jun Psalm 122:1-4; Ephesians 2:19-22
122 I was glad when they said
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
2 Our feet are standing
Within your gates, O Jerusalem,
3 Jerusalem, that is built
As a city that is compact together;
4 To which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord—
An ordinance for Israel—
To give thanks to the name of the Lord.
19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
The Israelites rejoiced as they sang the Songs of Ascent on their way to worship at the temple. But their temple was just a foreshadowing of what the temple would ultimately become – the people of God, the body of Christ, those the Holy Spirit dwells within. Do you realize that is what we are as the church? Paul, writing to the Ephesian church, makes this clear: the people of God are built together as a dwelling place for the Spirit, “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.” How amazing is that?! How might your attitude toward church, and worship, change if you had this in mind every time you come together with the body of Christ? How would this change how we treat each other as brothers and sisters in Christ as well?