Isaiah said, “And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things” (Isaiah 25:5). The mountain to which Isaiah referred is the mountain to which we have come. Hebrews says that we are come “unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumberable company of angels” (Hebrews 12:22). You are at no normal assembly this morning. You have gathered today on Mount Zion where the LORD himself now serves up meat and drink. We would be fools not to drink deeply and eat to the full.
But you must be prepared for this feast. So to that end, here is a short list of exhortations so that you would be sent forth from this feast today having taken in the abundance spread out on the table.
First, confess your particular sins. You need not use euphemisms when you kneel in confession. Do not generalize. Search your last week. And admit what you did, and when and where you did it. Do the same with the things you have left undone.
Second, during our time of congregational prayer, pray fervently with your mind fully engaged. We often don’t give the Lord our full attention in prayer. But there he is, giving us His.
Third, sing robustly. The angels are here. And more importantly, the One who beats your heart and washed your sins is here. We sing to Him. So sing aloud with your lips and your soul.
Fourth, receive the Word in hope and lively faith. We stand for the Scripture Readings because we are receiving Truth directly from the source. The Words entering your ears are a fire and a hammer. Listen knowing that you will be warmed, you will be reconstructed. Then heed the Word preached. Hang on every word, looking for applications to your life and family.
You are at a feast on the mountain of the LORD, a feast of fat things and wine well refined.