Is everyone happy?
I am happy when they tell me: “Let’s go to the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122: 1
Between the 1930s and 1940s there was a musical band whose leader identified himself by asking the audience from the stage: “Is everyone happy?”
In those years, almost everyone in the crowd responded, “Yes!”
I wonder if the answer would be the same today. What do you think? If, before beginning the sermon, the pastor asked the congregation, “Is everyone happy?” How would they respond?
Last month, two universities published the results of a study in which they found that Christian women are more unhappy now, since on Sundays, instead of going to church, they can go shopping.
According to this study, this is because these ladies are not members of religious groups, as were women before.
Are the conclusions and figures of these institutions correct?
Maybe yes, or maybe no. Still, I am confident that most people are happy when they go to the house of the Lord. Of course there are exceptions … like the teenager who was on the town … or the person who had to work all night.
But most people are happy to be in the presence of the Christ, who gave his life so that they can have life. Most of the people I know give thanks that their sins are forgiven. Most enjoy spending time with others who believe in the Redeemer just like themselves. Most enjoy bringing their offerings to the altar, because they know that the Holy Spirit will use that money for much good.
That is why I join the Psalmist, who says: “I am happy when they say to me: ‘We are going to the house of the Lord.’
PRAYER: Father of grace, there are many things that can separate us. For some, shopping on Sunday is at the top of the list. Although you have nothing against shopping … you do have a problem with the wrong priorities. For this reason, I ask you to help us put our priorities in order. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
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