The title of this blog is “We Gather Together” and that isn’t just because I like the song.
In the early 1600’s, the Dutch were fighting for their freedom from the King of Spain. And to control the people, the Catholic King prohibited Protestants in the Netherlands to meet together in worship. The song was penned by those experiencing this religious persecution.
(By the way, I believe that the Spanish king is NOT an example of other Catholics, particularly the amazing Bible believing Catholic brothers and sisters I have today.)
So, under persecution, Christians gathered and wrote stirring reminders of God’s faithfulness like “He forgets not His own” and “beside us to guide us, our God with us joining.”
Would you sit with me for a couple of minutes and consider those who are feeling persecuted or unconnected? Our list might include those who are:
– Experiencing health issues
– Struggling while serving in ministries with dwindling participation and giving
– Filled with anxiety stemming from the problems of today
– Bond by fear
– Feeling unwanted, unloved, unappreciated.
There maybe be someone who is desperate to gather with you or with me in worship and friendship.
Jill (just one of God’s kids)
Ps. As we reflect, consider the words of the persecuted Dutch Christians as they met in secret to worship our Lord.
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing; He chastens and hastens His will to make known. The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing. Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining, Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine; So from the beginning the fight we were winning; Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!
We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant, And pray that Thou still our Defender will be. Let Thy congregation escape tribulation; Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!