Shout for Joy all the Earth

This week we will continue in our series about corporate worship, (Sunday morning service). Our primary topic will be worship through song. Why is it that no matter where you go in the world, most evangelical, Scripture reading believers open up their meeting times with song? I have been all over the world and it is the same everywhere I have been. Across denominations within the faith and countless differences and objections, they all start with worship through song.

This is not random or by chance, it is part of a design that God worked out thousands of years before the formation of the church in Acts. When God made a covenant with His people, through Moses, He set apart instructions for a place that His spirit would dwell. This place would be called the Tabernacle, it was made with the strictest of instruction and every little detail was outlined by god as to how the temple would be constructed.

The first thing that you would see as you approach the tabernacle is a fence that is about 7 feet high (2.15m) made of linen hangings hung on pillars. It was a barrier to God’s presence, as illustrated by the pillar of cloud or fire, and the people. It reminds us that there is a barrier between each man, woman, child, and God. Like this fence, it is a man-made barrier and is the result of our sin.

There was only one entrance to the inner area. You had to go through the gate to get inside. It was covered by a curtain or screen made of fine linen embroidered in blue, purple, and scarlet. It didn’t matter who you were, if you wanted to get into God’s presence you had to go in through the gate. The rich and poor went in the same way, so did Aaron, the high priest, and the worst sinner; Moses the leader and the least important Israelite.

King David tells us in Psalm 100:4, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.” This was the custom, in order to enter into the presence of God through the gate that was provided, you were to be singing and shouting praise and thanksgiving unto the Lord.

Jesus tells us in John 10:9, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out and find pasture.” What an incredible time to be alive! When we come together for corporate worship we are entering into His courts, the presence of God is in our midst and so accordingly we should enter in with praise and thanksgiving.

I encourage you to read Exodus 26, as you prepare for the service this weekend. Take time to ask the Lord to make you thankful for everything He has brought to you. Know, that when we are gathered together, the body of Christ, HE IS HERE!

Nathan Bentley

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