Rosh HaShannah–A Call to Worship

Snow Covered Church (worship)Illustration:  “Snow-covered Church” by Marc Chagall, 1927.

“And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the people of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of solemn rest, a memorial proclaimed with blast of trumpets, a holy convocation‘” (Lev 23:23-24).

We have heard the trumpet call. It is a call to listen and it is a call to gather in God’s name.  In Jesus’ day, the ram’s horn called many to worship at the temple. The festival of Rosh HaShanah takes place during the busy fall harvest season.  During the busiest time of the year,  God’s trumpet cries out for His people to stop what they are doing and worship Him.

“But, I’ve got so much to do this weekend!” you might say.  “Surely God understands that I’ve got to get this job done. And there’s always next Sunday.”  Perhaps this time of the year you are involved not in a fall harvest, but a spring planting. If you don’t get the seed in by the time the rains start, your entire year will be ruined. There are many “good” reasons why people don’t take time to stop and worship God. And yet, were it not for Him, we wouldn’t have weekends, jobs or new seed.

The path we walk is a busy one indeed. There are many challenges and distractions along the way. It is easy to forget our heavy burdens of sin from the start of the journey.   Jesus seems to carry them so easily.  Look closely.  See the sweat and blood pouring forth from Him as he strains to bear the weight.  The muscles and sinews of His arms and legs are stretched to the maximum as he continues on with us.  Worship is an opportunity to thank and praise God for removing the burden of our sins through Jesus Christ.

Prayer:  Lord God, Heavenly Father, thank you for all you have given me, food to eat, clothing to wear and a Messiah to bear my guilt. Make my worship a gift sweet to you. In Y’shua’s name, Amen.

Ponder the path:  Which path today? As you plan for your own worship, guide others onto the path and invite them to worship with you this Sunday.

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One thought on “Rosh HaShannah–A Call to Worship

  1. This devotion reminded me again, and I need to hear this every day and every moment, of the intense suffering of my Lord Jesus, just for me and my sins, and for the sins of the whole world. I could weep over these thoughts.

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