Do you wake up and say, good morning Lord, or good Lord it's morning? How 'bout on Sunday morning? I've always marveled at the way that some people view their Sunday morning. Oh, for some it's about free time, football, BBQ's, bike rides or generally speaking anything they feel like doing. After all, it's the weekend. But for us Christians, it's a day of celebration, a time to enter into His presence with the congregation and marvel at how God chooses to meet with His people. And what about the results of worshipping together?
Psalm 68:35 says, O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary. The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people. Blessed be God! The psalmist, having prayed for and prophesied of the conversion of the Gentiles, here invites them to come in and join with the devout Israelites in praising God, intimating that their accession to the church would be the matter of their joy and praise (Psalm 68:32): Let the kingdoms of the earth sing praises to the Lord; they all ought to do it, and, when they become the kingdoms of the Lord and of his Christ, they will do it. God is here proposed to them as the proper object of praise. (Matthew Henry)
Strength and power! Is that what you experienced last time you entered into the sanctuary to worship with the Saints? If not, we may want to rethink our attitude before entering the sanctuary. Oh, don't get me wrong, there are distractions, buzzes, noises, loud songs, bulletins, newsletters, donuts, coffee, parking lots, people movers, crowded hallways, kids running everywhere, announcements, etc., etc., etc! You know, we really have to focus through a lot of stuff to find God in it all. It is all for God, but at times it's just more stuff. All a matter of focus.
So let me ask you, this Sunday, what will you focus on? The stuff, or will you accept the invitation of joining in with the assembly and praising God, and will it be a matter of joy and praise?
I pray that you will be touched by the Almighty this Sunday as you look to God and say, You are awesome from your sanctuary.
Praising Him in the sanctuary with you,