27 Nov 2022
A man went to church grumbled about the hypocrites he saw, the mistakes made by the song leader, the way offertory was collected, and the content of the pastor’s sermon. It was a very terrible service for him. He would have changed church had it not been the same elsewhere.
Another man in the same service said as he was leaving that it was an uplifting service and left with a joyful heart. Each of them experienced the truth of the words: “What you look for is what you get.”
In Psalms 122, David recalled the gladness he had felt when his companions invited him to accompany them to a religious festival in the temple at Jerusalem (v1,2). He spoke of the sense of oneness he experienced there with people from all the tribes (v3-5). He urged his readers to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. He longed for the food of all the people (v6-8). But as his thoughts focused on Jerusalem as the location of the temple, which represented the dwelling place of God, he pledged himself to seek its prosperity (v9). His whole attitude was positive.
Although there may have been hypocrites in the temple (as in the church today), David was not concerned with them. If he had been preoccupied with some faults in the priests’ performance of their tasks or mistakes the musicians made, he would have missed the joy of true worship. But he went looking for fellowship with believers and with God, and that’s what he found.
Yes, we get what we look for. What did you find in church today?
GO TO CHURCH TO WORSHIP, NOT WHISPER –
TO COMMUNE, NOT TO CRITICIZE.
In Christ’s service,