Devotional for Friday January 5th

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Balance”


Our Bible verse for today: “I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go up to the house of the Lord.” Psalm 122:1 (HCSB)


Our thought for today: “You need this.”


King David knew the value of regularly gathering with God’s people. Not only did he recognize the value of it, but doing so brought him great joy. That’s what he was describing in Psalm 122:1. The Psalm is known as “A song of accents” and it pictures a joyful procession (a parade) of people singing and dancing as they’re walking up the hill into Jerusalem on their way to the temple.


I love it! I want us to do this on some Sunday morning at Oak Hill Baptist. Let’s gather the congregation, get some horns and trumpets and drums, wave some Christian flags, and march along the street to church. We can sing and laugh and wave to people as we invite them to join us. That’s what David was describing – a parade that leads to the church service.


Is that the way you feel about going to church? Do you have a joyful sense of eager anticipation? If not then you go to the wrong church. God created local churches so His people would have someplace to gather with other Christians on a regular basis. He intends for it to be a time of fellowship, worship, instruction, and spiritual renewal. It should be joy-filled, encouraging, helpful, and refreshing. Does that describe your church? Again, if it doesn’t then you go to the wrong church. I believe it does describe Oak Hill Baptist and I think if you will visit with us you will agree.


What does this have to do with our theme of “balance”? Regular participation in the life of a good church is an important way in which we maintain good spiritual balance. We need this. Life is hectic and often chaotic. We rush through our days pressured and pressed by the demands of life. But church is a sanctuary. It is a refuge. It’s the place we go to shut out the cares of life, to focus on God and on our brothers and sisters in Christ, and it is the place where we can recalibrate, refresh, and renew. Gathering with the church like this helps us to regain our center of balance.


This is why God has instructed us (commanded us actually), to not neglect these times of gathering together with our church family (Hebrews 10:24-25). He intends for each of us to be an active member of a local congregation and then to faithfully attend the regularly scheduled gatherings of that family of faith. We need this.


If you already are a member of a good church family then I encourage you to attend the services this Sunday. If you don’t have a church, then I invite you to visit us at Oak Hill Baptist. You can find us at 3036 Genesis Road in Crossville, TN. Sunday school is at 9:00, Worship service begins at 10:00, and the evening service is at 6:00. We look forward to having you join us soon.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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