RESOLVE is what I pray for you today. May you seek the LORD and receive an answer. May you experience Him in worship.
4 Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids [diligence, resolve].
I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me. Psalm 13:5-6
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:11
As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face [in worship and in Your Word]; when I awake [in the morning], I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness [in me]. Psalm 17:15
Church can be “just church” unless we go with the attitude that we will be in the LORD’s presence. You may say, “I thought that He is always with me.” True, but He also promises to be with us in a unique way when we meet together to worship. In Matthew 18:20, Jesus says, “For where two or three [or more] gather in my name, there am I with them.” If just two of us were to gather to pray, to worship, and/or to study the Bible together, we are joined together by His Spirit in a unique way, one that goes beyond what we can experience individually. God wasn’t kidding when He commanded us to “not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25.
Today, let’s meet together–whether in person or online, which I am currently doing–to worship the LORD in the splendor of His holiness and proclaim His great works. Let’s submit ourselves to His righteousness and seek His counsel. May we enjoy the “Presence” of the LORD as we sing together, pray together, and hear the message of the LORD via our pastor. Different churches? No problem! The Holy Spirit joins us together universally because we are all part of “one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism [in the Spirit]; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-6.
Abba, we worship You in Spirit and in truth. We call on You as our Lord and Savior. May You give us the desires of our hearts as we seek Your face. Tell us what we need to need, to want, and to strive for. We’re starting at ground zero today. Come and fill our hearts with Your presence, O LORD. Amen.