Psalm 36:8 They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house,
And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.
Psalm 46:4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
There is something special, even supernatural, about the atmosphere when Christians gather together. Jesus said that where two or three are gathered together He would be there in their midst. David said there was a river that flowed through this place of gathering. He also said we would be satisfied, or in the hebrew, satiated or intoxicated by this river. I love to gather with other Christians for worship. I think the place of worship is the closest thing to shear joy we can find in this world. It actually mirrors the unspeakable experience that waits us in heave.
I often think back on the first Christian fellowship I was part of. On Sunday nights we would often have our worship service outside and enjoy the setting sun. The atmosphere was an incredible combination of celebration, joy, and utter peace. No one had to describe it, our lives were in His hands. Charles Spurgeon makes some beautiful observations about this place of ecstasy.
“If we regard the assembly of the saints as being peculiarly the house of God, believers shall, indeed, find in sacred worship the richest spiritual food. Happy is the soul that can drink in the sumptuous dainties of the gospel — nothing can so completely fill the soul. And thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. As they have the fruits of Eden to feed on, so shall they have the river of Paradise to drink from. God’s everlasting love bears to us a constant and ample comfort, of which grace makes us to drink by faith, and then our pleasure is of the richest kind. The Lord not only brings us to this river, but makes us drink: herein we see the condescension of divine love. Heaven will, in the fullest sense, fulfill these words; but they who trust in the Lord enjoy the antepast (foretaste) even here. The happiness given to the faithful is that of God himself; purified spirits joy with the same joy as the Lord himself. “That my joy may be in you, that your joy may be full.”
Have you enjoyed “church” recently. When I was a child I dreaded that hour of “worship” that we seldom attended. At that time worship wasn’t meaningful to me because Christ was not real to me. Today, I look forward to worshipping with my church. That is the place where Christ is the most evident, the place where He has chosen to dwell. Like David said, there is a river whose streams make glad the city of God. This river of God’s presence flows through the middle of His city. The next time you go to “church” step into the River. Before you know it you will be intoxicated, satiated, and content. In this River you too will discover your life is safe in His hand.