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Unity Linked With Gratitude

"Jerusalem, that is built as a city that is compact together. To which tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord ------ An ordinance for Israel ------- to give thanks to the name of the Lord" (Psa.122:3 & 4).

As we continue our Friday devotionals dedicated to peace, happiness and prosperity found in Psalm 122, we come to verses 3 and 4. Jerusalem was Israel's main city, and of course, the temple was there. People came from far away to visit the temple, especially on feast days. I think the Jerusalem, that is built as a city that is compact together, has a special meaning. The operative terms are compact and together.... I believe that these two words are speaking about unity. I would like to compare Jerusalem and the temple to the church today. All through the gospels, Jesus calls for unity. Paul reiterates it powerfully also. A divided house (church) cannot prosper because one cannot find peace there. Good Christian folks will not attend a strife-torn assembly, because the church is supposed to lead us into a life of peace... "in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you are also being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit" (Eph.2:21-22). Christians are to be workers together with God. In verse four (4) of today's scriptures, the psalmist is telling us that peace, happiness and prosperity are linked to gratitude. One of the traits in humans that we find the most despicable is ingratitude. I have heard this said; "No one has ever truly prospered by forgetting those who helped him along the way." Do you agree with that? When a good deed is done, we don't expect the recipient to fawn all over us forever, but we do want to feel the gratitude. That gratitude, of course, extends to the the Lord as we contemplate what He has done for us. All of our prayers ought to contain words of thanks if we are to see true peace and prosperity in our lives... More about peace, happiness and prosperity next Friday.

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Today God Is First.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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