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St Johns Southgate

15 Oct 2013

Psalm 122, Verse 1 says, ‘I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”’

We often do not fully appreciate a thing until it is suddenly taken from us. One of the privileges God has blessed us with is the freedom to worship. Our church doors are open; we have free access and can enter unafraid. Is it a joy for us to go to the house of God? Or does this privilege need to be taken away from us so that we appreciate it?

In Psalm 84, the psalmist expresses a deep longing for God’s house, a longing probably brought about by his recent and temporary banishment. Now that the barren experience is over he has an appreciation that as he never had before.

The psalmist realises more clearly that those who are in friendship with God, and who follow after him, enjoy many blessings. The Lord provides strength, security, peace, and guidance for his people; he helps them to be a blessing to others. Most of all, God is their rock and salvation.

The God whom the psalmist worshipped is our God. He has revealed himself to us in Christ Jesus, and he continues to meet with us through the Bible, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper.

Here at St Johns Southgate we are pleased to offer this privilege to people from all walks of life on every Sunday morning.

So, come and experience what a privilege it is to hear God’s word! What a privilege to participate in the Lord’s supper! What a privilege it is to worship such a God!

Pastor Ian

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