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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

How Lovely!

I have said, and I have heard others say, “If you miss a service at Boones Creek Bible Church, you miss a lot!” The service at BCBC Sunday night was extraordinarily special. If you weren’t there, you missed a wonderful worship service! We had a time of reflecting back on 2008 and recounting God’s goodness and blessings with one another through testimonies. We also sang songs that reflected those testimonies; Great is Thy Faithfulness, Trust His Word, Amazing Grace. We wept as some shared the trials they’d been through in the past year. We, as a church body, had gone through that trial with them. Their victory was our victory. The need that was met was our surplus because we had prayed for them. We are a family, and it was a precious time for hearts to be laid open. We were encouraging one another through the tears and rejoicing as we recounted God’s goodness in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ. That’s what the church is for. What a precious gift it is.

In Psalm 84 David shares his heart about being in God’s house. He starts out saying how lovely His tabernacle is. Its memory is lovely, its vision to the eye, to the memory, to the heart. Spurgeon says, "Earth contains no sight so refreshing to us as the gathering of believers for worship.”

David goes on to say that his soul longed for the courts of the Lord. His heart and flesh cried out for the living God. There are those believers that have to be begged to be in God’s house, but David is crying out for it. He longed to be with God’s people. He wanted to meet with His God there in that tabernacle. What is your attitude about being in church faithfully? Are you there out of obligation? Spurgeon says, “True subjects love the courts of their king.” Do you go when it fits into your schedule? Do you go looking to meet with God? Do you stay long enough after a service to be able to fellowship with God’s people? The people that head out the door as soon as the service is over miss out on a great blessing – fellowship! It’s during the times of standing around afterwards that you can learn of the burdens and blessings of the other members. You understand how you can serve them and pray for them that week.

Oh, the sweetness of God’s house! Truly, “Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee.” If you were in the service Sunday night, I’m sure you’re still praising God for the sweetness of the time of worship that we shared together. How lovely are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!

P.S. Remember BCBC members, our mid-week service is tonight instead of Wednesday night. See you there!

1 comment:

Bryan said...

I'm glad you mentioned the note about church service being tonight. Since we weren't there Sunday, we didn't know. See you tonight!