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Don't Waste the Gift

“One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD and to meditate in His temple.” (Ps 27:4)

David penned these words as a man who knew what it was like to be driven away from the house of the LORD.  When Saul sought David’s life, David had to flee to foreign lands, and he couldn’t worship God at the tabernacle or attend the feasts and festivals.

The ability to freely worship God is a precious gift… one that is often wasted on those who have the ability to do it.  When we are old and feeble or sick or persecuted, we realize what a rare gift it is to gather with God’s people to encourage each other and strengthen our faith.

It is a tragedy that we often miss the value when we are healthy or have the freedom to assemble.  It is most often the young, healthy, carefree person who forsakes the assembly only to yearn for the company of God’s people when they are in need.

Don’t waste the gift.  Whenever you can, be with God’s people, worship Him, and seek His face amongst His people.  You will never regret the Sunday you showed up, but you are likely to regret the ones you skipped.

And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42)

The early church was devoted to worship.  Devotion isn’t mediocre.  Devotion hungers for the next opportunity.  Devotion gets up early, removes the excuses, and makes it happen.  Are we devoted to worship?  I know I’m not devoted all the time, but I also know that I’m working on it.

As a family, let’s all work on increasing our devotion to worship.  I promise you; we won’t regret it.