The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Pleasure In His People"
What will Christians gathering today mean to God? More, much more than we can imagine. The Holy Spirit inspired an entire Psalm to express the pleasure that doubtless not only we, but also our Heavenly Father will find in our assembling together.
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments, as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life forevermore" (Psalm 133:1-3).
I think of my maternal grandmother Valeta whenever contemplating this truth. She loved to have her family gather, and she hated to see us depart when the time came to go our separate ways. I can almost see her standing in front of the door to bar our exit, although I don't think she ever actually did that. My grandmother always causes me to think of our Father and His love for our gatherings.
The thought enhances our own awareness and pleasure in uniting with fellow believers. As we consider not only the blessing we receive, but also the blessing we bestow to the God who draws us together greatly accentuates the meaning of our gatherings. He meets with us, of course, as we assemble in the name of the Lord Jesus, and for His glory, will, and eternal purpose as led by His Word. We will be blessed thereby, and all the more as we realize our capacity to please the One so worthy of pleasure. "O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together" (Psalm 34:3).
Who can say what the Spirit of God will do today in the hearts of millions who gather for the glory of the Lord Jesus? Eternity will not suffice in revealing the full measure of grace and truth He will impart. Moreover, we cannot know the joys that will bless the heart of our Father as He sees, hears, and joins us in our glad gathering. Memories of my grandmother remind me of this, as does the happy thought of being with fellow believers today in the shared presence of the God who will rejoice in seeing us together.
"The Lord taketh pleasure in His people."
"I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord."
Weekly Memory Verse
"Not unto us, o Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy and Thy truth's sake!"