Family Worship

After taking a one week hiatus from blogging due to vacation, it is now time to get back into the normal routine of life. (By the way, we had a great time visiting some old “stomping grounds” such as the San Jacinto monument and the Battleship Texas near Houston, and for the first time we visited Washington on the Brazos and Barrington Farm outside of Navasota.)

Although vacations have their place, at our house the lack of routine makes it much more challenging to have a time of family worship. Therefore, it will be imperative this evening to find some time to read Scripture together, sing a hymn or psalm, work on a catechism question or two, and pray together as family to remind us all of the need for God’s grace in our lives. The key to consistent family worship is simply, to borrow a phrase, “Just Do It.” Don’t put it off for later in the week, but start today. The time you spend together may be short or it may be long, but it is important for both the adults and the kids to remember that “The LORD is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.” (Psalm 28:8)

I will be forever grateful that during my childhood Dad took out the Bible every evening, read it aloud to us, and had one of us pray. Oh, there were times when my mind was a thousand miles away, and there were times when I wished he would read faster and not pray for so long, but it did teach me the importance of spending time worshipping God as a family.

Family worship is not a magical formula to avoid problems with your children, and it is not a guarantee that your children will never stray (we do live in a fallen world), but it is one of the means that God uses to grow our children into spiritual maturity in Christ. As the LORD commanded through Moses:

4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. 10 “And when the LORD your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you- with great and good cities that you did not build, 11 and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant- and when you eat and are full, 12 then take care lest you forget the LORD, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 13 It is the LORD your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. (Deuteronomy 6:4-13)

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2 Comments

  1. Sandra A. said,

    July 19, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    So glad you are back; you were missed.
    Always enjoy reading your blogs.

  2. cliftonr said,

    July 20, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    Thanks, Sandra.

    It is always good to get back home.


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