Scripture: Leviticus 23:1-25:23
“These are the LORD’s appointed festivals, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times.” (Leviticus 23:4)
The Lord mandated sacred assemblies. He instructed His people to meet for the purpose of confession, to make sacrifices, bring offerings, and worship together corporately. These commands have one underlying theme: God wanted His people to remember Him and all He’d done for them. Remembrance compels praise.
God still wants His children to remember Him and His deeds. Sacred assembly can be likened to what we now call corporate worship and is essential to every believer. Meeting together on a regular basis feeds the soul spiritual nourishment needed to grow strong in the Lord. It strengthens relationships with other Christians. Worship builds the Body of Christ, enabling us to work together to build the kingdom of God.
Corporate worship also helps us remember the Lord with a heart of gratitude. No matter what is pressing on our hearts or minds, worship re-sets our emotions and thoughts on God. Praise reminds us of His wonder, might, love, and mercy in our lives and around the world.
There can be many obstacles to getting ourselves to corporate worship. A hard week, tiredness, cranky kids, no clean clothes, and any number of things can stand in our way of joining fellow believers in praising God. Remember, the Lord welcomes us as we are. Maybe you haven’t yet found a church to call home. I would love to encourage you to start looking today. Some key beliefs to look for include: that the whole Bible is true and without fault; that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one; and, that Christ died on the cross for the forgiveness of sin and our salvation.
One of my favorite places to be is in church experiencing the presence of our holy God with fellow believers. The cares and concerns of that week wash away as I reflect on and praise the Lord for who He is and what He’s done. I pray the same is true for you.
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25)
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