“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“A Constant Sense of Thy Abiding Presence”
(Please read Hebrews 13:5-6)
Much of the benefit of periodic assemblies for worship and mutual encouragement is in reminding us of who we are – disciples, servants – and, more importantly, of Whose we are. In that fresh remembrance comes renewal, of dedication, purpose and strength.
This is not to say that church attendance is “the only thing.” Of course not. We need to be living close to the Lord every day, at home, at work, at school, at play. It’s wonderful that good homes provide such great opportunities for enjoying the nearness of God. But nowhere is our need for his presence reinforced so well as when we congregate and encourage one another in the Lord.
As a people we need revival in many areas, along with the repentance which must be part of it. It is doubtful that significant revival can come, though, without more attention to regular refreshment in assemblies of the saints.
Many people love the song, “Be with Me, Lord.” But if we can’t spare some time for him, in daily Bible reading and prayer, and in regular periods of public worship, we should be fearful about what he thinks of us as we sing, “No other gift or blessing Thou couldst bestow could with this one compare – A constant sense of Thy abiding presence, Where’er I am, to feel that Thou art near.”
May God help us to have a constant sense of his presence wherever we are. And may we be continually refreshed and revived through his word and in his assemblies and, yes, in the songs of the redeemed, for which we should be ever thankful.