What draws us together to worship the Living God today?
It must be something far greater than merely sharing the same socioeconomic group or merely being thrust together by a common religious, political, and cultural interest. Our backgrounds are Roman Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, Baptist, Presbyterian, and everything and nothing. We are married, unmarried and re-married. We are young, not so young, and, well, you know. To quote the great theologian Bill Murray: “There are two kinds of people in the world – those who like Neil Diamond and those who don’t.” Well, we have both kinds of people here today.
And yet with all our apparent similarities and all our real dissimilarities, we have been drawn together as one man to worship the Living God this morning.
There are only two real explanations. One explanation is simply God. God is sovereign. He reigns in heaven and earth, and He is drawing a people to Himself to worship Him as His new humanity in Jesus Christ. God in His providence ordained that we would gather as Providence Church and sustain His worship and His covenant in the world. God will keep doing this until Christ returns, so that His purpose of gathering all things under the feet of the risen Jesus will be accomplished in the world, for His glory.
But the other explanation is found in the passage that called you to worship: “The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; the LORD raises those who are bowed down.” God is good, and in His goodness He has brought you to Himself out of your blindness and out of your oppression. The gospel of Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Savior has gloriously interrupted your life and exploded all your other plans, and now you are captive to Jesus for the rest of your life. And God has placed you with other fellow-captives of Jesus who like you have been raised up by His gospel, and God has thrust you together as one body with one heart and one mind to gather and praise Him for that grace by which you have been redeemed and constituted as the new humanity.
You are here because God reigns and because God redeems. So I call you to worship and glorify this glorious God. Come, let us praise His name and be transformed with His grace and goodness.