Going to Church?
Father, thank You for making me a part of the family of God. It is a precious gift.
What is the psalmist's perspective?
Psalm 111 is an acrostic poem--each line begins with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. It recommends praising God for all he has done for his people, and reminds us of the powerful, faithful and loving nature of God.
It also reminds us of the enormous privilege we enjoy of being able to meet with other Christians. Joining with others to express our worship of the Lord (1) can be a very powerful thing--but it can also be a cause of dissatisfaction! In his book The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis described a senior devil teaching a junior devil to upset a young Christian while at church--by getting them to look around at the congregation and hate the singing or the footwear or even just the faces. And isn't this kind of pettiness so often what we fall into when we see the congregation at our church!
But in this poem, the writer starts in a very different place--looking forward to being with others in order to praise God, starting with thankfulness for all that the Lord has done. Verse 1 could be translated as "I will thank the Lord with my whole heart when I meet up with his special people."
Consider the ways the church enriches your life. Thank God for his church.
Lord, together with Your people, I bless You with all my heart for Your goodness and grace.