Take Me To Church

“If I had said, “I will speak thus,” Behold, I would have been untrue to the generation of Your children. When I thought how to understand this, It was too painful for me—Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end.”


More and more studies are coming out since the Covid-19 virus swept its way around the world. The mental health of the worlds population has been pushed to its limits. That is except for one group. People of genuine faith have proven to rise above the storm much in the same way an airplane punches through the clouds and turbulence to the smooth skies above. What studies have shown is that with genuine faith comes genuine peace. The benefits of shared life in community with other believers are clearly seen in the book of Acts when the church was birthed.

As the church gathers to worship God and to study His word together our lives are reoriented to truth that transforms us. This world has a way of of knocking us out of alignment much in the same way that a pot hole does the steering of an automobile. What recent mental health studies have shown is that those who gather together for corporate worship are brought back into alignment and reoriented with their true north.

The blessings of corporate worship are limitless and if there ever is a time where these truths become self evident its during a pandemic. With so many conflicting voices and differing opinions its both comforting and refreshing to be able to be reminded that in a world of constant change, there is something, there is someone who never changes. God is the same yesterday, today and forever and though one day heaven and earth will pass away, God’s Word will never pass away.

Psalm 73 is a great reminder to us that to be true to the world around us we can’t get caught up in the battle for finite. If you want to lose your mind and lose your peace focus on daily news which is here today and forgotten tomorrow. If on the other hand you want peace and happiness, find a church you can go to where you can learn the art of worship where you get your eyes off yourself and your circumstances and learn how to focus your life on the infinite, on God, and His glory.

The psalmist understood that the worship of God unites us at a fixed point. The church in many ways is the designated place of meeting in the event of an emergency. Just like a family will designate a specific spot to go in the event of a fire or earthquake, the church is God’s chosen location for believers to gather and regather weekly knowing life seeks to pull us in all kinds of directions. Church is not only the place where believers regather after an emergency, the church is the place God has directed His children to gather to celebrate Him. Nothing compares to being there. We have learned this last year a drive by birthday, graduation or anniversary celebration falls short in satisfying the longing of our souls for human touch and our need for fellowship. A thousand face time gatherings cant come close to the embrace of someone you love. The incarnation of Jesus proves this out as the apostle John would declare, “and we beheld the glory of the only begotten of the Father.”

Truth produces happiness and joy and there is no better place on earth to get truth than in a bible believing, bible teaching church. So, the next time you find yourself getting anxious about this life, or frustrated by the injustices you see around you,  don’t try to make sense of the senseless but instead say, “take me to church” and seek refuge in the sanctuary of the Lord. Find a church where you can be reoriented with your one true north so that you can say like King David in Psalm 122:1, “I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the LORD.”


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Michael Osthimer

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