One of the reasons we as Christians come together on Sundays is to replenish this spent life. It isn’t that this life of Christ is not sustainable. It is. It is what carries us every day. Without it, there would be no successfully making it from one day to the next, much less from Sunday to Sunday. There is something special that happens when we commune with God on a daily basis. We are reminded that we can have power even if for some reason we find ourselves on our own. In the corporate community of believers we also find a powerful truth. We aren’t alone even as a family. God is with us.
The corporate experience is a powerful one. It is easy to get caught up in the program or the process of a worship service. And there is nothing wrong with being caught up in the process, as long as we are making it all the way to the throne of God. We should come into His presence with an anticipation… a longing even for His refreshing. King David put it this way…
“God, You are my God; I eagerly seek You. I thirst for You; my body faints for You in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water. So I gaze on You in the sanctuary to see Your strength and Your glory. My lips will glorify You because Your faithful love is better than life. So I will praise You as long as I live; at Your name, I will lift up my hands. You satisfy me as with rich food; my mouth will praise You with joyful lips.” (Psalm 63:1-5)
He says that he ‘gazes on God in the sanctuary to see His strength and His glory.’ He says God, ‘satisfies him like rich food.’ We all walk through a dry and desolate world. Jesus is the living water we need. He is the bread of life. We cannot survive without Christ. This is true individually. And when we come together, we should long for Him to satisfy us… not the music, nor the fellowship, or the preaching, but Him. The elements of worship are avenues for God’s refreshment, but we should seek God above all else. You can sing, listen, and raise your hands without ever experiencing God. But you cannot experience God without it changing and charging you.
Today go into His presence seeking His strength and His glory. You will need both to complete your mission. He has promised you both as you surrender to Him. Be satisfied with Him. Praise Him. Lift up your hands to acknowledge Him. Be renewed and rejuvenated.
[Bible quotes are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, unless otherwise noted.]
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