For The House Of God
shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord. Lev. 19:30
is high and holy; and to the humble, believing soul, His house on earth, the
place where His people meet for worship, is as the gate of heaven. The song
of praise, the words spoken by Christ’s ministers, are God’s appointed
agencies to prepare a people for the church above, for that loftier worship.
When the worshipers enter the place of meeting, they should do so with decorum,
passing quietly to their seats. . . . Common talking, whispering, and laughing
should not be permitted in the house of worship, either before or after the
service. Ardent, active piety should characterize the worshipers.
If some have to wait a few minutes before the meeting begins, let them maintain
a true spirit of devotion by silent meditation, keeping the heart uplifted
to God in prayer that the service may be of special benefit to their own hearts
and lead to the conviction and conversion of other souls. They should remember
that heavenly messengers are in the house. We all lose much sweet communion
with God by our restlessness, by not encouraging moments of reflection and
prayer. . . .
Elevate the standard of Christianity in the minds of your children; help them
to weave Jesus into their experience; teach them to have the highest reverence
for the house of God and to understand that when they enter the Lord’s
house it should be with hearts that are softened and subdued by such thoughts
as these: “God is here; this is His house. I must have pure thoughts
and holiest motives. . . . This is the place where God meets with and blesses
His people.” . . .
Parents should not only teach, but command, their children to enter the sanctuary
with sobriety and reverence.
Practice reverence until it becomes a part of yourself.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 56.