Psalm 122:1 (The Message)
When they said, "Let's go to the house of God," my heart leaped for joy.
Psalm 92:12 -15 (Amp)
12The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible].
13Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14[Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment].
15[They are living memorials] to show that the Lord is upright and faithful to His promises; He is my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
Leaping or Grieving?
I remember as a little girl racing to get ready for church because “my heart leaped for joy” as I anticipated going to the house of God! I still experience the same joy as I continue to serve the Lord with gladness.
That joy has been challenged at times with different situations, but I protect what is sacred knowing the enemy would love nothing more than to spoil what is holy. So many burdens have been removed in the house of the Lord, so many symptoms have dissolved under the anointing in worship, so many questions answered as the word has been ministered, and so many relationships have been made in church that have truly enhanced my life for the better.
I remember in particular one Sunday when I was just a child, the pastor’s wife looking at me and saying, “You are going to make a great pastor’s wife one day.” I remember her pink dress, pink shoes, and pink lipstick! She was beautiful to me, and I always admired her sweet spirit. Her name was Mrs. Patsy and she taught me Sunday school for one year. I had no idea, God was using this small Baptist Church pastor’s wife to prophesy the will of God to me at that moment. But I do remember receiving those words as precious from a godly woman who always showed me joy, acceptance and love. That my friend is eternal, that is holy, and that is worth fighting to protect.
You may ask, “How can the enemy spoil my joy when it comes to belonging to a local church?” He infiltrates and divides the body through people who are not celebrating the work of God, but tolerating it with their list of grievances. Selfishly spreading their grief to all who are vulnerable to take it in. The enemy is not so concerned with just spoiling your joy, but weakening the church at large. If he spoils the joy of you serving God in a local church, and then proceeds to convince you to leave the church where God has planted you and intends for you to thrive, that gives him a bit of pleasure. But multiply that same strategy by the hundreds of thousands, and imagine the great joy it gives the devil causing such damage, division and grief to the body of Christ at large. Do you see the greater evil?
Just imagine the greater good accomplished when you keep your joy, and remain in your place serving Him with faith filled gladness.