Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. 11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. 12 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you! (Psalm 84: 4, 10-12).  The Psalmist outlines something that has probably bothered most of us from time to time.  It’s Sunday morning and you’ve had a long Saturday night. You know that it is getting late and you should be preparing for worship.  When you are feeling like you do this morning you know there is nothing that will make you feel better.  You’ll go to church next week.  You just need a break to gather yourself.  It’ll be better next week.  So, how do those blessings work, anyway?  We need to hear those words, “Blessed are those who dwell in Your house, ever singing your praise!” Please take some time to reflect on all that the Lord has done! Is there  really anything that you can bring to the Lord’s house that isn’t already His?  We bring praise in both song and in the hearing and reading of His Word.  We join others with the same desire, to boast in the Lord for all to hear. A day with the Lord is truly better than a thousand anywhere else. The Psalmist makes it clear cut; you are dwelling .in God’s house or you join others in the sin of selfish, me first worship.  “O Lord of Hosts, blessed the one who trusts in you.”  Brothers and Sisters, find joy in your worship each and every Sunday, you can relax in the sure knowledge that there is nothing that you have to do or can do to curry God’s favor.  Our response to the favor, honor and blessing that He bestows on us is to Sing to the Lord a new song.  A song of praise to the glory that awaits us in His kingdom.  For God through His dear Son, Jesus, is our bright light and shield from the evil one.  Remember, we respond by glorifying God, serving others and imitation of Our Savior.

Pastor Tompkins