Meditation

Meditation for 11/15/2019

“Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord who minister by night in the house of the Lord. Lift up our hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord. May the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion.” (Psalm 134:1-3)

Originally, God was to be worshiped wherever He was knows to appear; in the wilderness God led His people to construct a tabernacle as the central worship place; in the Promised Land the people worshiped at a multiplicity of local sanctuaries. God eventually chose Jerusalem as the proper place for worship and sacrifice. There David brought the ark and Solomon built the Temple. Synagogue worship gradually developed during the Exile or later from the people’s desire to worship even though the destruction of he Temple and geographical isolation from Jerusalem made traditional synagogues prayers were offered as a substitute fro sacrifice.

In the New Testament it was not considered important where the Christians worshiped. They knew that the Lord Jesus was with them always and everywhere. Buildings are not inherently sacred, but what became known was that the Church was the people and not the structure. Therefore, wherever the people gathered, worship took place and God was present with them. He still is beloved, and always will be.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, we build churches of all kinds and shapes, some pretty fancy, some pretty plain, and yet, each becomes God’s church because of us, Your people, who gather in Your Name to worship, praise, and glorify Your Holy Name. It is this we pray today, that no matter where we gather, You come among us and allow us to worship You for all you have done, all you will do, and in the coming Kingdom. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

For a healthy HEART, exercise your faith!”

KNOWING GOD:

“The Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land.’ So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him. From there he went on toward the hills east o Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of he Lord. (Genesis 12:7-8)

Abram built altars in gratitude for God’s promise that the land would be given to his descendants. It symbolized his recognition of God. An altar was often a gesture of recognition or gratitude. Later leaders also built altars to the Lord. Even today, beloved, every church has an altar within it. Some use it at every worship service, while others use it at varying times. The significance of the altar is that it represents recognition by God’s people that He makes the church makes the church holy and sacred. Alleluia?!

I AM:

Worship, Sacred Buildings: (Acts 16:13)

In this verse, it details how those in the church made their way on the Sabbath outside the city gate to the river, where they expected to find a place of prayer and they sat down and began to the women they had gathered there. One of those women was a dealer in purple cloth (much like Paul), and was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When and the members of her family were baptized and she invited them to her home. In this example, they made their own church at the river, baptism’s took place and worship, and then they went back to home for further discussion. Just another example of worship in another way, but worship it was.

Second Thought of the Day:

“Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.” (Luke 24:52-53)

At times New Testament worship included assembling in the building constructed to honor God. Joyful praise was a major component of worship.

Praise was the inevitable result of all they had seen. Losing the physical presence of Jesus was not cause for mourning but for joy because the early church knew the resurrected Lord would fulfill His promises.

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