David, although a king, was stirred to attend the ordinances of the church by fellow worshippers or friends. This instructs us to exhort one another to this holy duty and privilege, and seek to promote gladness in the lives of others. The contents of the psalm go beyond the Old Testament dispensation, and teach us of the delight that should be ours in attending the worship in a Gospel church. To stand within the gates of the city of God, and enjoy membership of it, is an unparalleled blessing.
It is not irksome for the believer to be subject to the thrones of judgment within the church. Elders sit thereon for the good of the church, but it also has this thought which looks heavenward, where we shall sit with Christ ruling and judging.
Love for the church will bring prosperity to the church and to one’s own soul. To seek good for the church will also bring good to our souls, and to seek peace for our brethren will bring peace into our lives. Love, prosperity, good and peace, what a catalogue of desires should move our prayers.
1 I joyed when to the house of God,