Life’s darkest battles aren’t fought out in the open. We fight and wrestle away from the limelight, against thoughts that ensnare us, and insecurities that leave us chained to mediocrity. This silent warfare often leaves you sorting through negative thoughts and hundreds of versions of “what might have been”.
Church is a refuge from that negativity. We set aside time to worship, and we refocus our minds on that which is good and valued in our lives. Soaring hymns and songs of praise lift our spirits and give us strength to continue on. The service concludes, and we are forced to reenter the world at large once again. May I suggest a lifestyle choice that may help you see every day through Sunday’s eyes?
You need to become a Congregation of One. We are so spoiled. David didn’t have an orchestral background as he fled from Saul, yet he penned the Psalms. He couldn’t draw strength from a worship service, because he was always a few steps away from capture and death. He was never accompanied by a choir, yet he sang constantly. He stated so in Psalm 40:
“He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God:” (David)
We can replicate what we experience beyond the four walls of the church. For a long time, I carried around a scripture verse scribbled on a piece of paper in my pocket. I would pull it out several times a day and recite it. That was my sermon for the day. At least once a day, I plug in to spiritual music, and try to spend some alone time in an attitude of worship and praise. I cannot tell you how important it is to incorporate worship into your daily walk. My IPhone has become my choir. “Come out from among them, and be ye separate”(2 Corinthians 6:17) said a wise Apostle Paul. Put all these important pieces of the puzzle together- study, worship and praise, and you become a Congregation of One that cannot be sidetracked or derailed.