Thursday, June 22, 2017
Nothing Quite Like It
“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”—Matthew 18:20
I think Christians have the best songs of any religion on earth. The Christian faith is a singing faith, which is not necessarily true of other religions. They may chant, and they may moan. They may have their various forms of music. But there is no faith that is as full of vibrant, joyful singing as Christianity.
When we come together with God’s people in corporate worship, something wonderful happens. God manifests His presence in a unique way when His people come to honor His name. As Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).
God is omnipresent, which means that He is everywhere. In a technical sense, He is as present with us when we’re driving as He is when we’re in a church service. On the other hand, when we gather with other believers and lift up His name in praise together, God blesses in a special way. He manifests His presence and even His glory. There is nothing in the world like worship. It is a sense of fulfillment as we do what we were created to do, which is to glorify God.
The Bible tells us in Revelation 15, “And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb” (verses 2–3). We will be singing in Heaven. So let’s start on Earth.
The Spirit-filled church will be a worshiping church. And the Spirit-filled Christian will be a worshiping Christian.
Today’s Radio Program
“The World Changer Who was Out of This World, Part 1–1”
This Week’s TV Program
“Why Share the Gospel?”
Today’s Bible Reading
2 Kings 8-9; 2 Chronicles 21; 1 Timothy 4
Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000.
Pray for, invite, and bring a friend to the new Steve McQueen film debuting on September 28. Many people who would never “darken the doorway” of a church would gladly accept an invitation to go to the movies (especially if you offer to buy their ticket!) because it’s in an environment that is comfortable and nonthreatening. Steve McQueen: American Icon is a fantastic film that I guarantee your friends will enjoy, and I also present the gospel at the end of the movie. Advance ticket sales can be found at SteveMcQueenMovie.com »
By the world’s standards, acting legend Steve McQueen had it all. But it wasn’t until he placed his faith in Jesus that he found the ultimate source of satisfaction. In this new book, Pastor Greg tells the little-known story of McQueen’s encounter with Christ.