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Getting More from Assembling Together - Psalms 122:1-5

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1. David, "a man after God's own heart" (Acts 13:22), loved to worship God

a. He was glad when asked to go to the house of the Lord - Psalm 122:1

b. He called upon others to serve the Lord with gladness - Psalm 100:2

2. Many who 'go to church' seem not to enjoy it much

a. Some sit with disinterested or bored looks on their faces

b. Others make the effort to attend, but appear to receive little benefit by their presence

c. Those who lead singing or who preach often notice the lack of 'gladness'

d. Visitors often notice it as well

3. Having witnessed such myself, I have often wondered

a. Do such people not know the Lord?

b. Do they not find joy and gladness in serving the Lord?

c. Are they not encouraged when they assemble with their brethren?

d. How can we help them get more out of worshiping the Lord?

4. I find opportunities to worship the Lord a source of great encouragement

a. I am drawn closer to God. I am encouraged by my brethren

b. I wish others would experience the same blessings





1. That we might exhort one another - Hebrews 10:24-25

a. We worship God when we come together

b. But an important element is our mutual edification

2. That we might keep one another saved - Hebrews 3:12-14

a. There is the danger of becoming hardened by sin, departing from God

b. The antidote to apostasy is frequent exhortation

3. One of the first symptoms of apostasy is irregular assembling with other Christians


1. The assembly on first day of the week - Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2

a. We have the opportunity to assemble weekly

b. To break bread, prayer, singing, give and study

2. Bible studies - Acts 2:42; 2 Timothy 2:2

a. We have the opportunity to attend Bible classes

b. We can often attend home Bible studies

3. Gospel meetings - Acts 19:9; 2 Timothy 4:2

a. Conducted by churches in other places

b. The purpose is both to evangelize the lost and edify the saved

c. They provide wonderful opportunities to learn and develop ties with brethren


Yet assembling together is not a high priority for many people. They evidently they do not get much doing so. If such is the case with you, here are some thoughts




1. We get out of something what we put into it

a. This is true with any endeavor in life

b. Even what may seem most boring can become interesting with the right preparation

2. Preparation beforehand makes a big difference in what we get out of 'going to church'

a. Such as praying and meditating upon what we are going to do

b. Planning what we can do to make the assembly more edifying

c. Come to serve, not to be served (though we will blessed in return - Acts 20:35

3. Preparation often begins the night before, especially for the Lord's day

a. Getting a good night's sleep

b. Planning on getting up early enough to have time to dress and leave on time

c. Planning to leave with enough time to arrive early

4. A little extra effort in preparation can make quite a difference


1. Our brethren in Christ

a. People like you, who appreciate the presence and encouragement of other Christians

b. So take the time to visit with them before and after the assembly

1) Don't get into the habit of always coming in at the last minute

2) Don't be in such a rush to leave after the service is ended

2. Visitors who frequent our services

a. Who naturally draw conclusions about the congregation during their visit

1) Will they conclude we are really disciples of Jesus? - cf. John 13:35

2) Will they say in their hearts "God is truly among you"? - 1 Corinthians 14:25

b. So take the time to welcome them and visit with them - Hebrews 13:2

3. Especially our Lord

a. As He promised in Matthew 18:20

b. Do we act as we would if He were bodily present?

4. Proper awareness of those present makes the assembly more significant to us


1. Look and listen

a. Use your eyes to help you pay attention, by watching those who lead the services

b. Use your ears to listen, for blessings come to those who hear well - cf. Mark 4:24-25

2. Sing and pray

a. Join in the singing, which is designed to edify - Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16

b. Pray along in heart with those who lead, adding your 'amen' - cf. 1 Corinthians 14:15-16

3. Worshipping God is not a spectator sport; it requires active participation!


1. Able to enjoy the singing more

a. When the majority of the singers are behind you, you will hear more

b. When they sit in front of you, their volume is directed away from you

2. Able to better concentrate on the sermon

a. Up front there are less distractions

b. Sitting in the back, your attention is drawn by every movement by those in front

c. Children especially, get more out of it by sitting up front

3. We can't all sit up front; but if we have a choice, why not use it?


1. The more you come, the more (and faster) you will grow!

a. This is true in physical exercise (cf. once a week vs. three times a week)

b. Should we expect spiritual exercise to be in different? - cf. 1 Timothy 4:7-8

2. "How often do I have to come?" is indicative of spiritual immaturity

a. It displays a lack of true love for Christ and His brethren

b. It shows that one is selfishly concerned with how little they can do to save themselves

c. Does the love of God abide in such a person? - cf. 1 John 3:16-19

3. There is a direct correlation between how often you attend and the depth of your spiritual maturity



1. I have never known a truly happy Christian:

a. Who made it a practice to assemble with other Christians only on Sunday

b. When they had ample opportunity to do so more often

2. Like many they "lead lives of quiet desperation" (Thoreau)...

a. They have a semblance of religion, but no real power - cf. 2 Timothy 3:1-5

b. They have enough religion to make themselves miserable

3. The happiest Christians are those who attend every service they can

a. They are happy because they are stronger in their relationship with the Lord and brethren

b. They have learned how to serve the Lord with gladness


My prayer is that these studies will help us all to be able say with David: "I was glad when they said to me, 'Let us go into the house of the Lord.'" - Psalm 122:1


Are You Saved?


-- Don Treadway, December 2009 --


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