My wife and I did not get up this morning and decide that we would assemble with the saints (Hebrews 10:25). We decided many years ago to serve the Lord, so it is just expected that we will gather with the church each Lord’s day. I’m thankful that anyone who knows us realizes this about us. If you’ve decided to be a Christian, you too will be planning to worship with a faithful local church today. If so, wonderful! But let’s all of us remember some things about the assemblies.
- Our worship must be with reverence. “God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be held in reverence by all those around Him” (Psalm 89:7). According to Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary, Reverence is “a feeling or attitude of deep respect, love, awe, and esteem, as for something sacred; veneration.” Some of the synonyms for reverence are “honor, veneration, awe, adoration.” We’re not going to a sporting event, a concert, or a movie. This is different, this is special! Let’s approach it accordingly.
- God’s word must be respected. I love the story in Nehemiah chapter 8 where Ezra reads to Law of God to the people. The reaction and respect of the people towards God’s word is admirable. They were “Attentive to the book of the law” (verse 3). When Ezra opened the book “All the people stood up” (verse 5). They did this to show respect. In verse 6 we’re told that the people “Bowed their heads and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground.” What reverence! What are we doing during the sermon? Resist the temptation to look around at others, answer a text message, chomp on gun, or pass notes. Be respectful to the preaching of God’s holy word, and to the other public acts of worship.
- Consider other worshippers. “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another…” (Hebrews 10:24-25). One of the purposes of the assemblies is to encourage our brethren. Our very presence can do this, but how we act and react while there can be discouraging if we’re not careful.
May we all have the commitment to assemble with the saints today; and may we all do so with an attitude of reverence for God and respect for others who are there to worship.
Have a wonderful Lord’s day!