We are more and more witnessing the individualization of our culture. We are isolating ourselves from people and we think that social media will substitute personal interaction. Believe it or not, this attitude is already present in the churches today. People think that they can attend church by sitting in front of a computer or a cell phone. No, we cannot. Church is more than that.
There are two ways to look at the church, from the top down or from the bottom up. In Psalm 132 the psalmist starts by the latter. He will look at the church from the perspective ofTHE HUMAN PARTICIPATION. From verses 1 to 10, the psalmist describes to us the first participants in this special body that is the church, the people. In these verses he gives us some important aspects of that participation. Let us see what they are.
A – Firmed Commitment – The first participation from us is a strong commitment with God. The psalmist says that he will make an oath and a vow. This is what we do in our baptism and profession of faith. For each one of us to be part of the church we made a commitment. The challenge is that most of us forget or neglect that commitment. Here is what the psalmist wrote: “ O Lord, remember David and all the hardships he endured.  He swore an oath to the Lord and made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:”
B – Incessant Seeking – The second thing that we have to do is to seek God incessantly. The Christian life cannot be done and lived only on the weekends. We are the church every day of our lives. Being the church is a fulltime endeavor. The psalmist said: “ “I will not enter my house or go to my bed–  I will allow no sleep to my eyes, no slumber to my eyelids,  till I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
C – Humble Adoration – The third attitude is a humble adoration. We do this when we recognize who God is and adore Him. This is the internal attitude, it comes straight from our heart. The psalmist said: “ We heard it in Ephrathah, we came upon it in the fields of Jaar:  “Let us go to his dwelling place; let us worship at his footstool– arise, O Lord, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.”
D – Righteous and Anointed Leadership – The next aspect of the church is a righteous leadership. Church is the most important business of our life. Because of that we must have the best leadership possible to conduct the life of the church. The psalmist is clear on this: “ May your priests be clothed with righteousness; may your saints sing for joy.  For the sake of David your servant, do not reject your anointed one.”
E – Joyful Worship – Finally we express our adoration through a joyful worship. When we sing, WE SING; when we pray, WE PRAY; when we confess, WE CONFESS; we express our happiness with everything that we have. “ May your priests be clothed with righteousness; may your saints sing for joy.”
My friend, I hope you are a member of the church, and if you are, I hope these characteristics are part of your involvement in the life of your church.
Have a blessed week,