Psalm 69 – Longing For God’s House
Zeal for your house has consumed me. (Psalms 69:9)
Jesus quoted this verse when he knocked over the moneychangers’ tables at the temple. He said God intended his house to be a uniquely powerful place of communal worship, prayer, and learning, not a marketplace. And that’s why every Christian feels a desperate longing to be back at church with God’s people, the new temple. There’s something about praying and singing with other believers that’s so much more powerful than worshiping alone, because Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there among them” (Matt 18:20).
So what do we do until we can be back with God’s people? The best we can. Sing to Jesus and study God’s word along with the Sunday Stream. Connect with a community group on Zoom. Look for ways to serve and bless the people we’re quarantined with and the people around us. And remember that there are unique opportunities God brings when we can’t be face to face. After all, the reason we have more than half the New Testament is because people like Paul, John, and Peter couldn’t be with the churches they loved, so they wrote letters instead.