Reading: Psalm 95:1-6
“Daddy, look at the man in this picture!” Louis said. He pointed to a page in his Bible picture book. “He has chains on his hands and feet. I think he’s going to be put in jail!”
Louis’s father leaned over the kitchen table and looked at the book. “No, son,” he said, “this man is an Israelite. The enemies of the Israelites have taken over their land. This man and his family will be taken to a new land called Babylon. The Israelites will have to live there for a long time.”
“That’s too bad,” said Louis. “Will he ever go back?”
“Well, eventually the Israelites did go back,” said his Daddy. “And they were very happy to go back. Do you know that one of the first things they did when they went back was to rebuild their temple?”
“Why, Daddy?” asked Louis.
“They wanted to worship God. When they were in Babylon, they missed their temple building. They missed being with God’s people, singing their favorite songs and listening to the Scripture being read in their language. It’s very hard to be far away from home and not be able to do the things that make you feel close to God. Would you like to be told that you couldn’t see your church family ever again?”
“No, I wouldn’t like it,” said Louis with a frown. “I would miss all my friends at church.”
“Yes. And you know how quiet the church building gets when everyone leaves and we turn off the lights and lock the doors? Imagine if the building stood empty like that for years and years, and nobody could go in that whole time. How sad it would be if we couldn’t be together to worship! We couldn’t praise God, pray to God, or study together.”
“I wouldn’t like it,” said Louis, who enjoyed his Bible classes very much.
“I wouldn’t either,” said Daddy. “That’s why the psalms tell us to worship God. We need worship so that we can remember how great, and good, and powerful God is. He’s our Creator and Savior. He made this world – all the mountains and the seas – and He’s done so many wonderful things for us. We should worship Him whenever we can!”
For Further Study:
- Can you have a worshipful attitude towards God every day? Read Romans 12:1-2 and answer these questions:
How can our bodies (actions) show God that we worship Him only?
What kind of attitude should we have about the world?
How do we change our attitude about the world?
How is the will of God described?
We can live in such a way that brings glory, praise, and honor to God. That is how we worship God in our daily life. This is different from the assemblies that we attend with our church family. This is a worshipful attitude which shows others that we belong to Him!
- What are the things you do to glorify God? How many different ways – with words and actions – can you say, “I love you” to God?