“Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?” That is the famous quote from Maximus in the movie Gladiator, right after killing another gladiator. That Coliseum attitude, little by little, has been transferred to our worship services. People now come to church to be entertained, to have fun, to listen to good music, to watch a show.
This mentality is not only affecting the seekers, but also the churches, since many churches are doing everything that they can to produce an entertainment with high quality, so people not only will come, but stay.
The Psalm 122 gives us one more important reason to go to church – LEARNING. That is the final reason that the psalmist mentions. We come to church to learn from God, to learn His statutes and rules.
This is what the psalmist says in the verse 5: “ There the thrones for judgment stand, the thrones of the house of David.” The people would go to Jerusalem seeking guidance and justice. They would go to Jerusalem to learn what to do and how to do it.
This is one of the main reasons why we should come to church, to learn the Word of God and His statutes and how to apply them in our daily lives. But unfortunately, we are not experiencing that in our churches lately. This explains the high level of Bible illiteracy that we have in our congregations.
Now that we know the reasons why we should go to church, this psalm also helps us to understand what we should do for the church. The psalmist shares with us what should we do for the church. The first thing is to Pray and work for her peace. In verse 6 we have this: “ Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure.” Because church is so important for us and for God, we should do everything to keep peace inside the church. We should be peacemakers beginning in the church. We should work to bring brothers and sisters together in the peace of Christ.
The psalmist does not stop there, he also tells us to do one more thing for the church and that is to Pray and work for her Prosperity and growth. In verse 9 we have this: “ For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity.” We have the responsibility, all of us, to pray and seek the prosperity of the church.
Some of us want to receive what the church has to offer, but we are not in the church just to enjoy the Fellowship, the Haven, the Worship, and the Learning. We are there to make her grow with our gifts, participation and prayers.
My friend, you cannot make your journey alone, you will need people, brothers and sisters to walk with you, to nurture you, to worship with you, to teach you, and to protect you.
Have a blessed week,