It is summer time. God has given us a beautiful day. Why come to worship? Have you ever thought about why it is that you come and gather together for worship? When we worship on Sunday mornings, often times we will see friends and family, as well as people we may not know very well, but we all gather for one reason. The bibles speaks about the Sabbath and keeping it holy, about gathering for worship as commanded by God, and where two or more are gathered, God is present also.
Maybe sometimes we don't want to come to worship because the style for that day may be something we don't care for. There's a German word for God's word, “Thettelwort”. It literally means that God's Word Creates, it does not return empty. We see, hear, and experience God's Word in liturgy, in hymns, in songs, and in readings and sermons. Do we have faith in God's Word? Do we not think that God's Word will touch us beyond the way it's presented?
We all learn that God keeps his promises. I'm reminded of the hymn “Standing on the Promises of God”, which was also made into a more contemporary song.
Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let his praises ring;
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
I'm standing on the promises of God.
God promises to feed you, renew you, strengthen you, and save you through His divine forgiveness. The next time you feel like skipping worship, remember what God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, did for you and continues to do. Join your brothers and sisters at Faith. Lift up your voice and make a joyful noise unto the Lord!
Hearts to heaven and voices raise:
sing to God a hymn of gladness,
sing to God a hymn of praise.
I look forward to worshiping with you this Summer!