On Sunday, I preached on Isaiah 56:1-8, Laying Hold of Sabbath Joy, where the Lord speaks of an in-gathering of believers to a new and happy community of obedient sons and daughters who have experienced the joy of the mountain of the lord, obeying His commandments. In this section, God explains various benefits of the expanding sabbath worship. He tells us that the celebration of the sabbath is one way He brings justice and righteousness to the world. This happens as we come together to observe Sabbath worship, re-calibrating our minds and refashioning our perspectives on all things. People are gathered. Eunuchs get a family, foreigners get companionship and outcasts are enfolded.
As a result, justice is preserved and joy is increased. The Sabbath is meant to be a day of delight (Isa 58:13-14) as reflected in Psalm 118:24 which is a prophesy of the resurrection of Christ and the church celebrating the sabbath on resurrection day, “This is the day the LORD has made; / We will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).
Here are seventeen considerations for joyful Sabbath celebration:
See the goodness of the Lord
Sanctify the day
Draw near to God in sincerity and truth
Cry out to God
Re-focus your thoughts
Re-order your perspectives by the majesty of God.
Capture time in a more beautiful way
Stop creating and be re-created
Heal and be healed
Taste and see that the Lord is good
Hear from God
Remember the peace and joy of the Kingdom of Heaven
Use it for justice and righteousness
Avoid both antinomian and legalistic extremes
Prepare for the Sabbath
If you are interested in learning more on the doctrine of the Sabbath, go to the NCFIC store to download A Day for Delight,which contains several sermons on this topic.
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