“My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.”
There is nothing like be able to attend church and to hear the singing and preaching of the Word of God. My adult life has been all about church. I have been in a church service nearly two-thirds of my adult life. To me, there is an excitement that I have when I know I get to go to church. It is in church where I get to fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ. It is in church where my soul is lifted up through songs and preaching.
The psalmist seemed to have the same desire towards being in church. He says in the verse above, “My soul longeth, yea even fainteth for the courts of the LORD…” When the psalmist describes his thoughts of church, he says in verse 1, “How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!” Every Christian should have these thoughts about going to church. If you could see the benefits of going to church, I believe you would long for church, and your thoughts of church would become positive. This psalm shows several benefits of attending church.
First, church is a place where our young learn valuable truths about God. Verse 3 says, “Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God.” Your children have a better chance of turning out right when you are faithful to bring them to church. Don’t fall into the mistake of missing a church service here and there, because those services you miss could be the service your children miss a truth that could change their life.
Second, church is a place where we get to hear the praises of the LORD. Verse 4 says, “Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.” If you want to live a life of praise, you better be faithful to church. The life of praise is cultivated in regular church attendance. You will find that those who miss church are those who tend to gripe and complain more about life than those who are faithful to church. If you want your mouth to be filled with the praises of the LORD, be sure to be faithful to every church service.
Third, church is where you find the strength to face life’s battles. Verse 5 says, “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.” You are reminded in church that the LORD is your strength. Those who are faithful to church often find the strength they need to face life’s problems through the preaching of God’s Word. If you’re missing church, you’re missing your strengthening session with the LORD.
Fourth, church is a place that gives you a positive outlook on life. Verse 6 says, “Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.” You will find that church can be a place where you turn a negative spirit into a positive one. It is amazing how time in church allows you to find the well of joy in the time of tears. It is often in a church service where the heart is comforted during hard times. You are robbing yourself of joy and comfort when you miss church services.
Christian, the benefits of going to church are priceless when it comes to giving you what you need to face life’s daily problems. Let me encourage you to be faithful to every church service. You are robbing yourself of these four benefits when you miss any church service.