Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his holy mountain. It is beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth… God is in her citadels; he has shown himself to be her fortress. - Psalm 48:1-3
In the days just after the first Pentecost of the Christian era many thousands of people came to Christ. In fact, there were so many people in Jerusalem becoming believers in Jesus that the Jewish leaders were afraid Judaism would become extinct.
From the day of Pentecost forward many thousands became believers. Some scholars have estimated that in the early days of the church there were as many as 80,000 believers in Jerusalem. That must have been something to see. If all of the believers acted like those did in the upper room in Acts 2 we could certainly see
why they created such a stir.
In this Psalm David envisions a time when the city of God would be established as the place from which God ruled the earth. The only thing we have today that comes close to what David was writing about is the congregational community that gathers to worship God in a place we call “the church.”
The corporate congregation of the body of Christ, or the church as we know it, is people coming together for worship, for fellowship and for just sharing their burdens with others. Typically we gather in a building, but church is not about the building, it’s about what happens when people gather in the name of the Lord.
Healing happens; Conversions happen; Restoration happens – and much more. The joy that is in those of us who are believers in Christ is the joy of the house of the Lord – that’s because we are the house of the Lord; we are his body, his church. Rejoice – God is in the house.
Prayer: Lord, I am thankful for the community of believers who gather to worship you and to give witness to your marvelous love. I am thankful to be your house. Thank you Jesus, amen.
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