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Summary: Worship as a Christian, in the context of fellow believers, is critical to spiritual well-being.

Let Us Worship

And Bow Down (I):

The Loveliest Place

Bible Reading:

Psalm 84

PREPARED BY

KEN GEHRELS

PASTOR

CALVIN CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

NEPEAN, ONTARIO

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"What on earth was I thinking?"

It was a dark February evening when this thought kept pounding in Sandra’s

head. “What have I done?”

The cold sleet outside seemed like some kind of cruel reinforcer of the

numbness and chill she felt in her soul.

Only a few months before it had seemed so right.

Right to leave her boring marriage of 17 years, Mike and the kids. It had all

seemed like cheap vanilla.... so dull.

Especially compared to the new sales rep at work who cared, and

listened, treated her romantically, did exciting things in new places.

So she’d left for a new life, a future with him.

What she didn’t anticipate was that as quickly as Mr. Romance blew in, he

blew out. On to his next adventure.

And she was left, alone, in this cramped downtown apartment.

With nothing.

No-one.

Realizing that what she had written off in such a cavalier fashion was

actually rich, deep and solid.

She began to crave it, long for it.

Richard was longing, too.

Richard was in his first year of university - experiencing life on campus. Had

to do his own laundry. Had to source his own food (notice I didn’t say "cook").

Get up and out to class all by himself.

Suddenly, life with mom looked awfully, incredibly good.

He longed for a real home-cooked meal;

for someone to fold his socks;

to welcome him when he walked in the door.

Going home for Christmas was going to be mighty nice.

What was it that Canada’s folk music icon, Joni Mitchell, sang in Big Yellow

Taxi:

"Don’t it always seem to go

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that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone?"

What we have we take for granted...... till it’s pulled away for a time.

Ask anyone who’s seriously ill or becomes disabled.

Colwyn Francis Balmer - may that never happen to you.

May you never be lulled to sleep in the face of great blessing and

opportunity; but instead live to see and appreciate it for the gift of God that it

is.

May your life be filled with gratitude instead of longing and regret.

Longing -

A deep desire for something or somewhere or someone.

We’re going to read some words from the Bible that are filled with exactly that

emotion - longing, yearning, hungering......

Let’s read it together:

PSALM 84 p.671

The author is listed as one of the “Sons of Korah”.

Same folks who wrote the words of longing found in Psalm 42 -

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O

God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

When can I go and meet with God?

We’re not terribly clear on what led to this cry from the heart:

My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord....

A straight forward, deep hunger to be in church;

the gathering place to worship, meet and experience God.

That’s the bottom line of this piece of ancient poetry.

The writer wanted to be in the house of God.

But you get the sense that it was out of reach; couldn’t get there -


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