I was talking late last night with some great brothers about the gathered people of God engaging in worship of God. That conversation came to mind as I soaked in Psalm 48 this morning. Here is a particularly relevant section:
Psa. 48.9 We have thought on your steadfast love, O God,
in the midst of your temple.
10 As your name, O God,
so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth.
Your right hand is filled with righteousness.
11 Let Mount Zion be glad!
Let the daughters of Judah rejoice
because of your judgments!
Psa. 48.13 consider well her ramparts,
go through her citadels,
that you may tell the next generation
14 that this is God,
our God forever and ever.
He will guide us forever.
The Psalmist teaches this simple truth – thinking on God leads to praising God. And he is very specifically pointing out that this should be true when the people of God gather – “In the midst of your temple (v. 9)…”
Here is the application. We gather on Sunday mornings so that we might hear – through the singing of good lyrics and God-centered praying and Word filled preaching – of the steadfast love of God. We learn of his character and his attributes – those things that fill up the meaning of his Name.
After such active contemplation and engagement, and therefore rightly understanding the awesome nature of who He is, our only response is praise that reaches to the ends of the earth (v. 10), gladness expressed (v.11), and corporate rejoicing (let the daughters, plural, rejoice, v.11). And remarkably, such response and worship will inform the next generation of our great God (v. 13).
Prepare even now for the next time you will be part of a gathering of the people of God to lift your hearts in praise and rejoicing, and let it rip for the glory of the Father and your joy!