What makes for a happy party are the people who are present. In the three Jewish feasts celebrated each year by all Israel in Jerusalem, what brought joy to the travelers was God’s presence.
I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
And now here we are,
standing inside your gates, O Jerusalem.
Psalm 122.1-2 NLT
The people traveled up to Jerusalem for the three feasts of pilgrimage because it was an “ordinance” or law for Israel, v. 4. God ordered it. His commandment did not bring a suffocating restriction, but a joy such as this expressed by a recently arrived traveler at his destination.
Doing God’s commandments, even now in the Christian age, is a joy for his people. Because by them we arrive in his presence.
What a joy, Lord, to obey you and enter in your presence! Give me always this joy.
Hold this thought: God gives his commands for our joy.