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October 3, 2020 Daily Devotional

Psalm 122:1 "I was glad when they said to me, 'Let us go to the house of the Lord!'”

Oh, I LOVE this Psalm. Maybe it's because I grew up with the church as my second home--a place where I always felt encouraged, loved, and accepted. But lots of people didn't find that same kind of gladness in churches and in church communities, and far too often still don't--instead, many people looking for the light of Christ encounter painful judgment, condemnation, estrangement, and rejection. So my prayer for today is for the Church to live up to Psalm 122--that every embodiment of the church of Jesus Christ will create a sanctuary of welcome, celebration, wholeness, and love, so that ALL might be glad when it is said, "Let us go to the house of the Lord!"

Psalm 122

1 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”

2 Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.

3 Jerusalem—built as a city that is bound firmly together.

4 To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord.

5 For there the thrones for judgment were set up, the thrones of the house of David.

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.

7 Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers.”

8 For the sake of my relatives and friends I will say, “Peace be within you.”

9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.

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