The Lord’s Day is a “day of rest,” and corporate Bible study and worship are forms of rest because they feed and restore us. An afternoon nap is also nice. As loyal followers of Jesus, we have denied ourselves and recognize that He determines our priorities because He loves us and knows what is good for us. “Man lives not by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God,” and God, in His kind providence, has provided the church and given her pastors and teachers for the equipping of the saints for service.
Most people, out of a sense of duty and obligation, get up every day and go to work or school, even if they don’t feel like it. But on the Lord’s Day, we have the special privilege of gathering with God’s people―the household of God―and we get to study God’s Word, worship Him and gather around the family Table. “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’” (Ps. 122:1). Like other Christian commitments, the decision to do these things should be a one-time decision, not a weekly decision; it’s who we are. As this godly habit is established it becomes the new normal and it is inculcated in our children so that not attending Bible study and worship feels like the odd thing. It sends the message that “this is the Lord’s Day, not my day.” We’re called by Him to honor and worship Him, and to serve Him with gladness. Therefore, it’s both the attitude of the heart and the location of the body that shows respect for Him.
1 Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.
3 Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.