The House of the Lord Series for Family Devotion 3

What to Do While You Are in the House of the Lord

Focus Scripture

“Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.” (Psalms 134:2)

You will find throughout the Word of God that when the people of God came together there were these main elements to their worship service; Prayer, Praise and the Word. These elements are not disconnected one from the other. In fact, it is prayer and praise that creates the atmosphere for the preaching of the Word.

Psalms 100 tells us to make a joyful noise unto the LORD. To serve the LORD with gladness and come before his presence with singing. To enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. Psalms 150 speaks about praising God in His sanctuary.

In the New Testament the church is taught to, “…teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Colossians 3:16)” Hebrews 2:12, “…in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.”

When the church engages in worship and praise as a body, it attracts the attention of God. “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” (Psalms 22:3) It is in this atmosphere of His presence that the Word of God becomes effective to us.

The preacher and preaching are very important to the church. Romans 10 speaks to this fact; “How shall they hear without a preacher?” “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” In 1 Thessalonians 2:13 Paul states, “…when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”

Preaching in a church service is very important to your life. It produces faith in your heart, affects the way you think and gives direction for your life. So this is what you do while in the house of the Lord; pray, praise and listen to the Word.

Pastor Jonathan Shoemake