Day 3

The Structure of a Worshiping Life

Psalm 122:1-9

BY She Reads Truth

Scripture Reading: Psalm 122

The Christian life is a climb—a journey of constant growth, sacrifice, and trusting God for what we cannot see. As Eugene Peterson said, we are pilgrims, but we are also disciples—always moving and always learning. The Psalms of Ascent (Psalms 120-134) were sung by worshipers as they made the journey up to Jerusalem for the annual feasts. In this 3-week reading plan, we are digging into these traveling songs with the help of short summary essays and thoughtful, reflective questions for each psalm. Take your pack on your shoulder and walk with us as we pursue God together.


Psalm 122 (CSB)
A song of ascents. Of David.

1 I rejoiced with those who said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the LORD.”
2 Our feet were standing
within your gates, Jerusalem —

3 Jerusalem, built as a city should be,
solidly united,
4 where the tribes, the LORD’s tribes, go up
to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
(This is an ordinance for Israel.)
5 There, thrones for judgment are placed,
thrones of the house of David.

6 Pray for the well-being of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure;
7 may there be peace within your walls,
security within your fortresses.”
8 Because of my brothers and friends,
I will say, “May peace be in you.”
9 Because of the house of the LORD our God,
I will pursue your prosperity.


An Arriving Song
The pilgrim-disciple enters Jerusalem and blesses the Lord for the city’s beauty and for the sense that she belongs there.

This is a song about moving toward the love of God in worship, which speaks to the core truth in all of us that we are made for worship. But the focus here is not on personal worship only. This song celebrates the beauty of the rhythm of worshiping God alongside others in an ongoing way.

1. We are all worshipers. What do you worship? To what do you give your time? In what do you place your hope?

2. This psalm calls people to worship together. What is the value of gathering with other people to worship God together? What do we gain by worshiping with others that we would not have on our own?

3. Scripture calls us to steady, regular worship—to return to the same places and meditate on the same truths over and over. What is the value of doing this?


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103 thoughts on "The Structure of a Worshiping Life"

  1. Mitzi White says:

    As much as online worship was a blessing during Covid lockdown, nothing compares to in-person worship. The hugs, smiles, personal engagement with one another was what I needed as well as so many others. There is joy in the house of God. United together in Him. Thank you, Lord, for opening the doors to the churches gathered in Your name. Amen.

  2. Kellee Popp says:

    I was really encouraged to read your heart for this. I pray you find a church home soon where you can invest and find true fellowship. Even if it’s not perfect in all aspects which I’m finding is true in all churches. Even if that means you supplement church during the week with deep podcasts or solid worship albums. I agree with you, being in corporate worship is so important. Praying for you this morning.

  3. Mary Edwards says:

    Some of the values of corporate worship are: its reflection of heavenly worship (Rev 9:7-12),
    I personally am less distracted in a corporate worship setting than at home, in my own head.
    Corporate worship takes my focus off of myself as I participate with unique people worshiping in their unique way through their own relationship with God.

  4. Marie says:

    Growing up, my family was heavily involved in our church so it was easy to sometimes feel like “oh boy… Here we go again” when the alarm clock went off. Now that I’m older & have been in health situations or been involved in other ministries where the time of worship with ithers has been limited or seemed nonexistant, I value it more.I crave being able to go to a place each week where we are diverse but united by a common passion for God & are built up in God’s Word – our true north.

  5. Sam Sayer says:

    Yesterday I struggled to get to Church. It meant cycling through the pouring rain and I arrived sodden. But spending time with my worshipping family is healing and renewing. I feel blessed to have found them as I have been in other Churches where this is not the case. I know I am loved there.

  6. Blaire DeBoer says:

    By worshiping with others, we gain the sense of community that we would not have gained by worshiping on our own. In other words, God’s presence beckons believers to worship him together by singing, praying, etc. On our own we can still do those things, but doing them in community unites our hearts, glorifies God, and is a foretaste of life in heaven.

  7. Sam says:

    While we worship in church as a group, is it the atmosphere of others worship that makes it better or is there another reason why it’s good to worship as a church instead of on our own

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