IN THE COMPANY OF ALL WHO LOVE HIM
“Lift high your praises when the people assemble, shout Hallelujah when the elders meet!” Psalm 107:32
Some of the most powerful times of worship I have ever experienced have been when God’s people joined together:
*Singing the Messiah in a large choir
*Solemn sung evensong
*Service of Lessons and Carols
*Sunday Morning Eucharist
The key always seems to be that people lay down their own agendas and selfish desires so that they can truly join with everyone else.
In contrast, I have been at gatherings where each person is checking out from the rest to have his or her own experience of God’s presence. Somehow that never quite happens.
So what is it that makes corporate worship so special?
First, there is the simple matter of joining together. There is “energy,” just in that.
Then, there is something mystical that takes place, as though the Holy Spirit likes to join with groups of people while they worship; perhaps He likes to party with us.
Angels might be chiming in as well.
I am in no way discouraging or devaluing individual times with the Lord; in fact, my training and experience tell me that good personal worship leads to excellence in gatherings.
Perhaps a dynamic that comes into play as we gather is that of true fellowship, where we really engage all that we are, physically, soulfully and spiritually.
Then again, this may simply be a mystery that we accept and enjoy.
Hallelujah! Sing to God a brand-new song, praise him in the company of all who love him. Psalm 149:1