Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together. Psalm 34:3
“Community” is defined as a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
Our Life Group, which we have been attending for seven or eight years now, has been through many changes. We have grown, shrunk, grown again, and multiplied. We have cried over deaths and life’s great disappointments. And we have clapped with joy over births, marriages, and victories.
I wouldn’t say we all have a “particular characteristic in common”. The group is diverse. There are singles and married, young and older, those with kids and those without. We are the quiet and the talkative, the deep and the tired, the fixers and the listeners. All so different it’s rather remarkable we still meet week after week all these years later.
But, of course, as Believers in Christ, He is our common characteristic.
I am thankful for our Life Group. I am thankful for those who are different than me, because they challenge me to think differently. I am thankful for those who are similar to me, because they help me see myself for who I am.
And it is the same with the Church. We share a “feeling of fellowship” as “result of sharing common… goals”, which is another definition for “community”. We, the Church, desire to advance the Kingdom. How beautiful He is for allowing these wrecked individuals, so different and distracted, so similar and focused, to work in community with one another.
I am thankful for community, which, in essence, means I am thankful for you. I am thankful to join you in corporate worship, to receive your children in Children’s Ministry, to greet you in love, to share tacos and donut holes with you. I am thankful to call you my sister-in-Christ. We make each other stronger in our differences. We encourage one another into a closer relationship with the Father.
He has brought us into community that we might “…magnify the LORD…” and “exalt His name together.”
Together. I am thankful for “together”.
I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together. Psalm 34:1-3
Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:12-14