Daily Family Worship

TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016

Doing Family Worship Right

Key Bible Verse: How joyful are those who fear the Lord – all who follow his ways! Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine, flourishing within your home. Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees as they sit around your table. (Psalm 128: 1,3)

Dig Deeper: Psalm 128

So, what should we do in family worship? It’s simple: read the Bible, pray together, and sing to the Lord.

I’ve discovered in teaching this idea that sometimes people presume that they need to prepare some sort of lesson or devotional for family worship. Not so. Occasionally you may encounter an article, blog post, sermon illustration, or the like that you want to share with the family as a means of conveying biblical teaching. Great! Or from time to time you might relate an insight from your personal devotional experience that was unusually powerful. Wonderful! But apart from these exceptions, no preparation for family worship is needed other than someone choosing a song and deciding your method for prayer. Beyond that, just open the Bible to the place where you stopped last time and read, pray, and sing.

Spurgeon concurs that these three things should be the elements of family worship: “I agree with Matthew Henry when he says, ‘They that pray in the family do well; they that pray and read the Scriptures do better; but they that pray, and read, and sing do best of all.’ There is a completeness in that kind of family worship which is much to be desired.”

Source of quote: C. H. Spurgeon, “The Happy Duty of Daily Praise,” Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, vol. 32 (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1996; repr., Pasadena, TX: Pilgrim, 1986), 289.

– Donald Whitney in Family Worship


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