“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

Another month has come to an end and another week begins. Many of us will be gathering in our church building with restrictions. Others may still be watching the service online. Which ever scenario you fit into, I trust that like the writer of the Psalms, you are rejoicing because of another opportunity to worship the Lord.

Worship is a privilege that we often took for granted a couple of years ago. Each week we gathered together with our brothers and sisters, sang, prayed, and listened to a message from the Word of God. We were strengthened and uplifted. We spent  time in fellowship and then left the church rejoicing in the goodness of the Lord.

Then came Covid – everything changed. I am so thankful that our pastors and leaders were not overwhelmed but found a way to get the services into our homes. Many of us found out what it was like to not be able to freely worship with others. In some countries, this is not something new. Even if they can gather together, it is done secretly, and they are not free to lift their voices in worship. My heart goes out to these people.

When the Lord instituted the Sabbath in the lives of the children of Israel, He planned it to be a day of rest. No unnecessary work was to be done. They were to spend it quietly. Although we do not observe the Sabbath as they did in the Old Testament, we should take Sunday, as a day to rest, meditate upon the things of God, and praise Him. Whether we are alone, or with others, we can still enjoy His presence.

Wherever you meet with the Lord today, whether in church or in your home, take time to think about what the day means. Take time to count your blessings and thank the Lord for all that He has given you. Take time to pray for others who may not be enjoying the privileges and freedom that we enjoy. Let it be a day of rejoicing, a day to be glad.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you are with us every day, but help us to take extra time today to thank you and praise you for your faithfulness to us.

Devotion by Anne Johnston



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