Even though some people neglect going to church because they claim churchgoers are hypocrites, the truth is genuine worship, both public and private, has enormous benefits. The author of Psalm 92 knew that very well. He wrote, “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High. It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening, accompanied by the ten-stringed harp and the melody of the lyre. You thrill me, LORD, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done. O LORD, what great works you do! And how deep are your thoughts. Only a simpleton would not know, and only a fool would not understand this.” The psalmist knew from experience that time spent in the presence of God yielded great benefits. Not only did he receive instruction and find encouragement from the presence of others; he discovered that his own spirit was revived; he gained a clearer perspective on God and life. He left worship better able to cope with the challenges he faced every day. Mature followers of Christ value the benefits of both public and private worship.

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