“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” Psalms 122:1
My daily Bible reading today was in the book of II Chronicles, chapter 20, which records the story of David numbering Israel, and then being rebuked by the Lord for doing do. God offered him three choices of punishment, and David chose to fall into the hands of God. A pestilence took the lives of many people in the land. And as David repented, the angel of the Lord stopped the plague at the threshing floor of Ornan.
A couple of verses stood out to me as I read this. Verses 29 and 30 tell us that the tabernacle at this time was in Gibeon, but David could not go there because he was afraid of the sword of the angel of the Lord. David bought the threshing floor of Ornan and made a sacrifice to the Lord as he repented of what he had done.
For the last months we have been going through a time of pestilence as we have seen the Covid19 virus sweep over the world, taking the lives of many people. For a lot of us it has meant confinement in our homes and not being able to gather together to worship the Lord. For some reason, God has allowed this to happen. We may never know why, but we know He has been in control.
Since I am now fully vaccinated, I decided I had been out of the church building long enough and registered for church last week. The Online services have been great, but they cannot compare to gathering in the church building to worship with others. What a joy to be able to sing and worship together with people that I had not seen for a long time. Like David, I can say, “I was glad to go to the house of the Lord.”
I thank the Lord that He has kept me through the last sixteen months, and that I now can go back to worshipping in the church. We still have limitations and rules to follow, but we are free to worship and praise the Lord.
Prayer: Thank you Lord that some restrictions have been lifted and we are free to gather together and worship you. You have been with us the whole time in our homes, but we are glad to return to your house.
Devotion by Anne Johnston