"I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord!" (Ps. 122:1).
No, this devotion is not a month early. Sunday was new year's day in the Church, the beginning of a brand new Church Year. And the first season of the year is Advent. If Friday was "Black Friday," Sunday was "Blue Sunday," the color of Advent.
As I told my congregation, new year's day in the Church calls for a new year's resolution. And ours is this: To be filled with gladness at the thought of going to church.
Psalm 122 is the Psalm for the First Sunday in Advent. And its opening statement should be memorized: "I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord!" Or: "I was glad when they said to me, Let's go to church!" I was glad. I rejoiced. I sang in the car on the way to church!
You'll find yourself thinking, I can't wait to get up on Sunday morning and go to church, because it's the Lord's Day, in the Lord's house, with the Lord Himself, with my brothers and sisters in the Lord, with my pastor, and with our faith in the crucified-risen Lord Jesus Christ!
That's the spirit! That's the Holy Spirit, whom you have!! Don't put anything in His way!
This year, ask God to make you say, pray, and sing from all your heart, "I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord!"
This devotion is in memory of John Hosie.