“A song for going up.”  This is how the children of Israel began their journey of ascent to the Holy City of God, Jerusalem.  Singing, praise, worship, and joy!  And why not joy?  In fact, why not joy unspeakable and full of glory?  After all, they were going up to the Holy Temple; up to celebrate the appointed times of Adonai; up together to enter into the manifested presence of their God, King, Lord, and Savior.

This was not a journey made alone.  Family, friends, and neighbors journeyed together.  Singing together, worshipping together, sharing stories, hearing the latest family news,  and encouraging one another along the way.  Burdens and responsibilities were shared.  In every sense of the word, this was a family pilgrimage.  Those not related as blood relatives, were bonded by a shared faith, a unified purpose, and a common destination.

This time of ascent is a worthy picture of what the SRCF church family is supposed to be.  Those of us not related by human blood are eternally related by the divine blood of Jesus Christ.  We are likewise bonded by a shared faith.  Our mission, vision, and purpose create a unity that—like a cord of three strands—cannot easily be broken.  Our common destination is God’s eternal Kingdom.

Therefore, let’s make sure we don’t make the journey alone.  As we come together to worship, let’s come together as a family.  Let’s encourage one another, lighten burdens and share responsibilities.  And especially: let’s celebrate, sing, praise, and worship together in exuberant joy—joy that is unspeakable and full of glory!