“Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.” vs. 1
With the exception of a few hermits through the centuries, the people of God have always enjoyed coming together for worship. While it’s possible to serve God in isolation, being part of a congregation provides a huge benefit for the faithful. Often we don’t notice how precious those times together really are, but to join our voices in song with others probably doesn’t happen for us anywhere else. Even saying the words of a litany together can be a powerful experience. And of course, every worship service will provide an opportunity to offer thanks to the Lord with our whole hearts. It’s not so much listening to polished choirs or gifted soloists that is the heart of our time together–it’s when we join our voices together in singing or chanting. These “one voice moments” lift our hearts and touch our spirits. And it doesn’t have to be a massive congregation either–so much emphasis is put on numbers in worship, and there’s never a word mentioned about that sort of thing in any scripture. Whether it’s a dozen or 500 doesn’t make any difference. For many of us, this coming together is the highlight of our week…a break from our usual busy lives and a chance to refresh our souls. It truly is a wonderful habit with enormous benefits that is remarkably hard to break.
Thought for the Day: How important is congregational worship for me?