2010-02-03 - Family Worship
Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."
I don't know if you practice family worship, but I hope you do. I was prompted into this topic by a paragraph in a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon, and I think I will reproduce part of that paragraph here.
"... in the daily gatherings for family prayer. It should be a happy occasion when we meet to read the Word of God, and pray together. It is well if we can also sing at such times. Matthew Henry says, concerning family prayer, "They that pray do well; they that pray and read the Scriptures do better; they that pray and read the Scriptures, and sing a hymn, do best of all.' Herein he was wise and gracious as usual; I wish that his words received more attention. If you cannot compass the least of the three good things, mix the praise with your prayer by making it fuller of joy and thankfulness than is usual. Never let the domestic devotion degenerate into a dull formality, but throw a hearty living delight into it, so that there shall be joy drawing near unto the Lord, and not a weariness in it. Where there is no family prayer, we cannot expect the children to grow up in the fear of the Lord, neither can the household look for happiness." Vol. 43, page 500
Such are the words of Spurgeon, admonishing his hearers and readers to have family worship. I would say the same, but not as well. We ought to worship the Lord together in families. It should be normal to commune with our Lord with those who are closest in communion with us. Family worship is a great blessing to the family. Gathering together to pray, read, and sing puts the rest of our day in perspective. We live and exist in Christ, who has redeemed us. It is good for the children to see their parents' faith. It is good for the parents to bring their children up in the Lord. Family worship has long been something that Christians have practiced without question. It is only of late that the practice has become uncommon. It is not "in vogue" these days to worship together in our homes. So I would simply ask you to look around. Look at the church. Look at the families that make up the church. Admit that many children do not follow the faith of their parents. Admit that family life is at a low ebb. Then ask yourself, Wouldn't gathering together around God's Word as families, daily or twice daily, be a positive influence upon families in general, your family, and the church at large - And do we not all need, desire, and long for this? I leave you with the question. It is rhetorical. The answer is obvious. Spurgeon went on to say in this sermon, "Let no day pass without family prayer; a house without it, is without a roof, a day without it is without a blessing."
Soli Deo Gloria,