Psalm 100.... Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.
I love the Jewish roots of Christianity. It is in these roots that I find deeper insight into who Christ is. In the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy Israel is commanded to keep seven feasts (moed), two of which, Passover and Succoth, required the faithful to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. These pilgrimage festivals were joyous celebrations. I can imagine the steets of Jeruslem swarming with pilgrims making their way to the temple. I can almost hear the faithful singing "I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me Let Us Go Into House of the Lord" as they climb the steps of the temple. Ascending, leaving the mundane activities of their lives behind as they move closer to God and the Temple gates. This vision of ancient Jerusalem inspired the song, but not this vision alone. This song also reflects my belief that a time is coming when there will be a new Temple in new Jerusalem. At that time believers, those who have trusted in Yeshua the Messiah for salvation, will once again make a pilgrimage from every corner of the earth to worship.
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