Come, let's shout praises to God, raise the roof for the Rock who saved us! Let's march into his presence singing praises, lifting the rafters with our hymns!
The week is a journey and corporate worship at God's house is the destination. That's the subtle message I pick up in many of the Psalms. Some of the Psalms were even written for that purpose. "Song of Ascent" is a liner note you see before several of the Psalms. That means it was a song written for people to sing as they ascended Mount Zion to worship at the temple. The music was preparing them for worship as they headed down the road.
There's a rebel in me that bucks against church. I don't like to watch people turn Sunday morning into the spiritual bullet on their weekly chore list, and think that they've earned their allowance from our Dad in Heaven. I don't like the game that church becomes. I don't like the way we turn church into the place where we pay God a quick visit, and then take off and leave Him there until next week when we'll drop by again.
I do love corporate worship, however. I like the way the song writers of the Psalms write about it in their lyrics. The week is a journey. We're on a road trip headed for God's house. We've got the music cranked. We're going to raise the roof.
Now that's something I can get excited about.