This is the day that the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:
But! But perhaps today is a day when the reality of sickness, sorrow, pain, and even death have come crashing down around you.
Maybe you married the man of your dreams, and both of your existences have been shattered by months and years of chronic pain.
You find out your loved one has cancer. Or there is no cure for the disease your loved one has.
Maybe the disease is even nameless because no doctor can put his finger on it. It still exists. Give it a name. The monster is disease!
Disease wreaks havoc on our lives. No one who has not lived with chronic illness can really fathom the depth of this havoc. I’ve given up trying to explain this to those who are healthy. Who can explain the unexplainable?
How? Just how do you and I worship our Maker, Creator, Redeeemer on His holy day when we are so broken? And why would we?
Truth! I woke up this morning wondering about worship. Sad of heart. Weary of the sorrows that have multiplied in my life and those around me. But knowing this: I will worship. I was created to worship. All who live and breath worship someone, something.
Maybe it’s money. (HA! Think — our current political scene). Maybe it’s nature. Or beauty. Or goodness. Or ideology. Education. Or any form of peace, even if it’s based on lies.
What is on the top of your pedestal?
In this broken world ravaged by war, hate, cruelty, disease, poverty, and death, hardly a day goes by that I don’t breathe this prayer.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
“Those who are whole do not need a physician. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Jesus mentioned worship in spirit and truth to a woman who had experienced five broken marriages and was currently living outside of God’s plan for marriage.
He spoke to this woman at the well — not righteous by a long shot. And why does he mention worship to her? Not only that, He offers her water, the water of true living.
“…the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.”
Most amazing of all — this next scene. Listen closely! This woman, outcast of society, asks Him about the the promised Messiah. She gets the most clear-cut answer. No hidden message. Earlier Christ clearly exposed her sin, and she knew it. Now He reveals himself, to her and pulls no punches.
“I who speak to you am He.” John 4:26
If you are outside the Christian faith, please know that to be a Christian you have to believe the clear-cut claims of Christ.
Jesus Christ goes on record clearly stating both His Deity and His power to grant living water – eternal life. Either He is truly the Son of God, or He is a flagrant liar.
And to be a follower of Jesus, you need to worship the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
Do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together.
Why? Because, ” My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
When we worship in community, in spirit and in truth, He restores our souls. He leads us beside still waters.
His Word corrects our straying feet and keeps us in paths of righteousness.
And even the imperfect, straying sheep in our flock can learn to reflect His love and wisdom to comfort each other. It may take a lifetime. Some sheep are more ornery than others, truth!
But also remember that He leads His flock gently and cares tenderly for the bruised and broken.
Every elder, every undershepherd ought to have this heart for the flock. With this hope and anticipation, I drag my weary body out of bed each Lord’s Day. I need rest for my soul. So I seek to hear His voice, not just alone, but in community with His sheep in His house on His day.
Let me encourage you, weary as you may be, to choose worship in community.
Again, our satellite internet went down yesterday. I was unable to post. My apologies!