Sermon for the Watford church of Christ

“Do you know where you are going?”, Psalm 122
(“We’re on a road to somewhere”)

Introduction, v0
Question: “In what way has this crisis strengthened the UK community?” 

1. Where are we going? vv1-2

A. To the ‘house’ of the LORD
Ps 120 – repentance, Ps 121 – trust, Ps 122 – worship.

B. To ‘Jerusalem’
(Ephesians 2:19–21), (1 Peter 2:4–5)
Literally, ‘Our feet have actually been standing within your gates!’ 
(John 14:1–4)
(Revelation 3:12) (Revelation 21:1–4)

2. What is it like where we are going? vv3-5

A. Safe/secure, v3

B. Unified
Gen 49, (Deut 33).
(Psalm 133:1–3)

C. Wrongs righted
(Matthew 18:15)
(John 17:20–23)

3. What shall we do on the way? vv6-9

A. Pray for peace – of the kingdom
‘Shalom’ – wholeness
What is it about our community that helps us be ‘secure’?
(Matthew 5:9)

B. Seek prosperity – of others
‘Shalwah’ – prosperity, tranquillity, ease
(Philippians 4:6–7)

(Hebrews 12:22–26, 28–29), (Hebrews 13:1–5)
What kind of community will be left behind in our congregation after the virus?

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm

PS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John