Note the distinction made between assemblies and sanctuaries. People can assemble almost anywhere; at club, in a diner, at a bar, as well as what many of us know as church. But a sanctuary, elucidated by its word origin and structure from the latin word sanctos, speaks of a holy place. It is a place that has been consecrated, or set apart, for the purposes of a holy God.
We enter to worship, to ascribe glory, honor, and praise to the God who is worthy of such. We do it together, because our God has created, commanded, a community of faith-filled believers to honor God and to build-up one another. Some will come seeking God and should find upon arrival a change of atmosphere, a transformation, as well as a transportation from the earthly realm into the heavenly.
In the 100th Psalm we find the psalmist is inspired by God to instruct the worshipers to "make a joyful noise unto the Lord..." "to serve, or worship God, with gladness as we come before His presence with singing." How often this scripture is quoted and one skips the vital part that instructs us to worship God. There is a distinct difference between gathering at a place together to praise God, and praise springing forth from the worshipers of God.
Authentic praise that pleases God comes forth from authentic worshipers who "know that the Lord is God. That it is He who made us and not we ourselves." The praise that honors God springs forth out of one who has responded to the sacrificial Love of God with a repentant heart that is devoted to worshiping the One True God in Spirit and in Truth. God is calling the apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, and evangelists to equip true worshipers to take their rightful place to lead authentic worship.
For His Glory,
Pastor Emery B.
Shepherd's House OBC, ENY
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