Psalm 132:6-7 (MSG)
Remember how we got the news in Ephrathah, learned all about it at Jaar Meadows? We shouted, “Let’s go to the shrine dedication! Let’s worship at God’s own footstool!”
“As this old ark song is resung now by the people of God on pilgrimage, historical memories are revived and relived: there is a vast, rich reality of obedience beneath the feet of the disciples. They are not the first persons to ascend these slopes on their way of obedience to God, and they will not be the last. Up these same roads, along these same paths, the ark had been carried, accompanied by a determined and expectant people… Christians tramp well-worn paths: obedience has a history.” [Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, p. 160]
If we think of obedience as following in the “well-worn paths” of the people of God throughout history (and not just our own limited experiences), how does this change your perspective on obedience?
“Remember…” This Psalm calls us to remember what happened with the people of God. Read through 2 Samuel 6. What are some things that we are to remember from this passage (blessings, warnings, encouragements, etc.)?
“Let’s go! Let’s worship!” These are the cries of people on pilgrimage as they remember God’s faithfulness together. How do we remember God’s faithfulness as a community together?
Today, let’s close in prayer, asking God to revive this heart of worship in us, in our families and in our communities.