Let us go rejoicing to the house of the LORD!
The house, the community, and the gathering of God’s people are all known as a city of peace. God’s word comes forth in this place of peace, and it is this peace that we find ourselves drawing near. This is not a place of fear, or a place of harsh words, lies, or deceit. The city of peace, Jerusalem, is not a walled-in city that defends itself against outsiders, fiercely protecting all its borders.
This psalm is a song of arrival for someone who has been waiting for some time. And it’s also a song about gathering with God’s people for regular worship. Advent is a time of waiting. In our waiting and longing, all people of the Lord come toward and arrive at this city, this community, and this house waiting for peace.
Prayer: God of peace, envelop all with the peace that only you can give. Amen.
~ Jacob Nelson