But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant … (Hebrews 12:22-24a)
Of all people, the people of God understand this more than others: there is much more going on in this life than what we can see.
And that applies to corporate worship.
In our culture at Bethel, the most intensely concentrated time of worship is at the Lord’s Supper, when we meet for the purpose of expressing collectively, the transcendent majesty, glory and worth of the Lord Jesus.
We thank the Father. Our hearts are led by the Holy Spirit. We worship the Son.
The writer to the Hebrews reminds us that although each of us only sees the other human participants, there is much more going on. We are only a small part of a massive, mystical, invisible, spiritual assembly.
We join in the call to worship with all God’s people around the world. And in addition to meeting in the presence of “thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly”, we have been invited in an astonishing and exceptional way, to meet with the Triune God.
What a privilege! What an honour! And because of our being “in Christ”, this is our right.
Takeaway: My prayer is: Lord, may I continually grow to appreciate this great benefit. Open the eyes of my heart in corporate worship – give me the faith necessary – to see what You would have me apprehend.