PUBLIC WORSHIP DOES NOT EXCLUDE US FROM SECRET WORSHIP. WILL YOU RETREAT TO YOUR DESOLATE PLACE TO WORSHIP AND PRAY?
Do you ever just get alone somewhere in your house when no one is around making any noise, when no one knows where you are and just sing out in worship. Do you ever just have a private worship service with just you and God. IF NOT, YOU OUGHT TO. You are missing out.
After you read this blog, find a place (closet, bedroom, backyard) that is quiet, alone, with no one around , turn on a praise song or favorite hymn and simply cry out to God with the words of the song. Make the words of the song your very own. I have included a song below to get you going. Enjoy.
Expected, Both Publicly and Privately According to Hebrews 10: 25, God expects His people to participate regularly in worship gatherings with other believers, warning specifically about “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some.”
The church of Jesus Christ is not a collection of isolationists. The New Testament describes the church with metaphors like “flock” (Acts 20: 28), “body” (1 Corinthians 12: 12), “structure” (Ephesians 2: 21), and “household” (Ephesians 2: 19), each of which implies a relationship between individual units and a larger whole.
Furthermore, the blessing of a consistent, high-quality, personal devotional life doesn’t exempt you from worshipping with other believers. Your devotional experiences may rival those of Jonathan Edwards or George Müller, but you need corporate worship as much as they and these Jewish Christians in Hebrews 10: 25 did. There’s an element of worship and the Christian life that can never be experienced in private worship or by watching worship.
On the other hand, no matter how fulfilling or sufficient our regular public worship celebration seems , there are experiences with God that He gives only in our private worship. Jesus participated faithfully in the public worship of God at the synagogue each Sabbath (see Luke 4: 16) and at the stated assemblies of Israel at the temple in Jerusalem. In addition to that, however, Luke observed that Jesus “would withdraw to desolate places and pray” (5: 16).
As the familiar Puritan commentator Matthew Henry put it, “Public worship will not excuse us from secret worship.”  We must not forget, however, that God expects us to worship privately so He can bless us. We minimize our joy when we neglect the daily worship of God in private . Think of it: The Lord Jesus Christ stands ready to meet with you privately for as long as you want; willing—even eager—to meet with you every day!
FOR YOUR JOURNAL
- a. What is God’s view of corporate worship? (See Hebrews 10: 25.) b. How does this verse conflict with the common assumption that religion is an individual matter only?
- Consider carefully the comment by Geoffrey Thomas: “There is no way that those who neglect secret worship can know communion with God in the public services of the Lord’s Day.”  Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?
What happens in your life when you neglect the daily worship of God in private?
Whitney, Donald S. (2014-05-23). Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life Study Guide (pp. 61-62). NavPress. Kindle Edition.