Some Christians do not go to the House of the Lord anymore, how sad. They are so glad they do not have to go to the House of the Lord, because they say the Word does not require them to go. After all, they believe where two or three are gathered together at home, the Lord is in the midst. Is that not what church is about? just family is fine they say.
Then some reason, why did the Word say, forget not the assembling of yourself together. Those who obey this will go to the house of the Lord although the verse does not say.. assemble in the House of the Lord.
For those who still go to the House of the Lord. How do you enter the courts of the Lord on Sundays to worship Him, to hear from Him and to commune with Him?
There are many who do not observe any sense of reverence when they go to the house of the Lord. No believer or follower of any other religion is allowed to enter their places of worship whether it is mosque, temple or shrine, without due reverence. How can we accept any less reverence for our Lord and Saviour and Ruler of the universe?
The house of the Lord has for some become a place to exchange news as people meet once a week. They come in and talk about not the affairs of the Lord but of worldly affairs, their complaints, gossips. It sometimes sounds like a fish market. They come in with food and drinks.
Is it because they have not been taught?
Remember what the Lord Jesus did to those who bought and sold at the temple he visited? “And they come to Jerusalem; and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves; and would not suffer that any should carry any vessel through the temple. And He taught, saying unto them, “Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.” Mark 11:15-17. It was the attitude they came with that He minded.
The verse that should guide our attitude and behaviour during our attendance in the House of the Lord is
“Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth; therefore let thy words be few. ” Ecclesiastes 5:1,2.
“Keep thy foot” is equivalent to our modern statement “Watch your step”. God’s house is to be reverenced. Our every thought and action should be to reverence God. However, the fools enter unaware – they do not keep their foot and they talk too much. Unaware of the presence of God, their thoughts are upon earthly things, and consequently their words are hasty and many and they leave the house of the Lord untouched in faith and hope, as when they had entered His house.
Children and youth should be taught that it is an affront to the Lord to be indifferent and careless in meetings where God is worshipped. God sees every irreverent thought or action. He says “I know thy works.” He observes from heaven. Nothing is hid from His all-searching eyes. Have you the habit of inattention and indifference in the house of God? Correct that practice and show reverence and respect in the house of God.
Jesus said “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven” Matthew 7:21. Are you doing the will of the Father when you do not show reverence in the house of the Lord?
“Every devoted thing is most holy unto the Lord ” Leviticus 27:28. Is the house of the Lord devoted to Him if it was dedicated to Him by the founders of the church?
Jesus said “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20. He is there when we meet in the house of the Lord? Are we believing when we meet, that He is in our midst? Do we expect Him and do we show it?
Does the same reason for His rejection of the children of Judah apply to us today?
“For the children of Judah have done evil in My sight, said the Lord; they have set their abominations in the house which is called by My name, to pollute it.” Jeremiah 7:30.
We are told in Hebrews 12:28 to “serve God acceptably, with reverence and godly fear.”
David said the following :
“But as for me, I will come into Thy house in the multitude of thy mercy; and in Thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.” Psalm 5:7
“God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about Him.” Psalm 89:7
May the Lord speak to us today – have we given Him due reverence?
God wants attentive hearers. It was while men slept, that the enemy sowed tares.
Let us purpose in our hearts to give God all the praise, glory and honor He deserves, especially in the assembly of His saints and in our lives. Psalm 100 verses 4 : Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
We dare not be irreverent to our human King, President or Head of State.
How dare we be irreverent to the Lord God Almighty and the King of the universe?
May the Lord forgive us if we have been irreverent, and help us enter His courts with praise and thanksgiving to His Name.
Can we be a part of the restoration of awe and reverence in the house of the Lord? We don’t know the awesomeness of His presence till we give Him due reverence.