King David is the only person in scripture deemed as “a man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22). I suppose there are a number of reasons why God esteems him as such. But surely one of them is because of how much David loved and cherished the people of God. David felt about God’s people like God did, and therefore he longed for the next opportunity to worship and seek God with them.
The following scriptures serve to highlight this, and hopefully will stir us up to a greater love for and desire to worship with God’s people.
Psalm 16:3 “As for the saints who are in the earth, They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.”
Psalm 22:22 “I will tell of Your name to my brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.”
Psalm 22:25 “From You comes my praise in the great assembly; I shall pay my vows before those who fear Him.”
Psalm 26:12 “My foot stands on a level place; In the congregations I shall bless the Lord.”
Psa 35:18 I will give You thanks in the great congregation; I will praise You among a mighty throng.
Psa 40:9, 10 “I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great congregation; Behold, I will not restrain my lips, O Lord, You know. I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great congregation.”
Psalm 52:8,9 “But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever. I will give You thanks forever, because You have done it, And I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones.”
Psalm 109:30 “With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to the Lord; And in the midst of many I will praise Him.”
Psalm 122:1 “I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”