Gathering with God’s Holy People

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” —John 4:23-24 NIV

God is great!

Special things happen, when God’s holy people gather for worship! Not the least of these is expressing our adoration and thanksgiving to God for His wonder working power and love, through which He showers blessing upon blessing upon us. God is great and greatly to be praised!

A burning desire

The call of Israel’s sweet psalmist David echoes through the ages: “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together” (Psalm 34:3). When Christians gather to worship, our hearts should be aflame with a burning desire to offer our adoration and praise to the true and living God. Wow! What a privilege!

Divinely designed for edification

However, the purpose of Christian worship gatherings extends beyond the vertical praise of creature to Creator. In a fascinating display of infinite wisdom, God has designed our assemblies to be beneficial for us in other ways. In addition to coming together to worship God, our assemblies are divinely designed for the edification of believers. Concerning the conduct of worship in the Corinthian church, the Apostle Paul counsels, “…Let all things be done for edification” (1 Corinthians 14:26). In addition to magnifying the Lord, God’s people come together to strengthen one another.

When saints assemble

When saints assemble we stimulate one another to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24). We teach and admonish one another through the songs we sing (Colossians 3:16). We display our faith in God and unity in purpose by giving to advance the cause of Christ (2 Corinthians 8 – 9). In observance of the Lord’s Supper we share in remembering our precious Savior and all He had done for us. We also make a unified proclamation of His death till He comes (1 Corinthians 11:24-29). When honor God as we share in a time of hearing the Word of God proclaimed, we are instructed in His ways and challenged to live holy lives for Him (2 Timothy 4:2 and Titus 2:12). The assembly of God’s holy people should, indeed, be felt far beyond the limited time we are together under one roof.

Hearts touched; souls stirred

When God’s children long for and eagerly participate in Bible classes and worship assemblies, God is most certainly pleased. Heaven’s response is surely one of joy and satisfaction. But, what of our response? God has shown us what pleases Him in our worship assemblies and we must be faithful to His will. Yet, our assemblies should be much more than a period of ritualistic observance of certain “acts” of worship. Our hearts should be touched and souls should be stirred. In fact, our lives should be changed!

Let us exalt the Lord together!

Special things happen when God’s holy people gather for worship! God has designed our worship in such a way that He is praised and we are blessed for taking part. We are stimulated, strengthened, taught, admonished, edified, and encouraged. Since the assembling of God’s people means so much to Him and since it can be so beneficial for us, I earnestly beseech you to take advantage of every opportunity to assemble with the saints. God will be pleased! You will be blessed!

© Bill Williams
July 22, 2007

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10 Responses to Gathering with God’s Holy People

  1. Rachel says:

    I was so blessed last night at our opening night of VBS. The children were so eager to learn and participate. I know that God was there with us, and God was honored and glorified in our activities! I am looking forward to tonight and the rest of the week! It is so wonderful to gather together with my brothers and sisters and to be a part of the family of God!

  2. Greg England says:

    I used to marvel at how much it meant to my mother just to “go to church.” It was the absolute highlight of her week. I would go to the same assembly and just didn’t see the attraction nor the marvel. But that was when I was a much younger pup. Today, it is the highlight of my week … and for many of the reasons you mention here. Thanks, Bill.

  3. Kathy says:

    Thanks again, Bill. Great post again!!

    I clearly remember the first time my “I have to go to church today” changed to the joyful “I get to go to church today!”

    Like Greg says, it sometimes takes a few years on our shoulders to help us see the joy of meeting with our fellow saints to glorify the LORD. As a singlo person, it is probably of even more joy that I look forward to time with fellow believers.

    It again shows us that God really does know what it’s all about, our sometimes weird assumption that He doesn’t and that we know better than Het! 😉

  4. preacherman says:

    You post encouraged me brother.
    Keep up the great blogging. 🙂
    God bless.
    In Him,
    Kinney Mabry

  5. laymond says:

    Thanks Brother, thank you for the encouraging words.

  6. cwinwc says:

    I love it when we’re inspired by the events of the week to just let it go and worship! That’s why I like hanging with the teens I guess.

  7. Bill I really appreciate this particular post. John Mark Hicks and myself have written a book together called “A Gathered People” (set for release in September) that follows many of the themes of this blog for 220 pages. I am excited to see such thinking. May God bless it and multiply it.

    Bobby Valentine

  8. preacherman says:

    If you have nothing to post about, then consider yourself tagged. How it works is you tell 8 interesting things about yourself that your bloggers don’t know about you that you would like to share with them. Then you tag 8 others. I understand that if you don’t want to do this but I know I would like to know more about you. Your blog has been an encouragement to me and has strengthend my relationship with God. God bless you brother in the Lord Jesus!

  9. am happy with ur site because i see all i needed in christ keep this up to u to pray for me

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