What a difference a different day makes!
Six days shall work be done; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest. Leviticus 23:3
Can you imagine a week with only six days?
Without the extra day, creation would have already been exhausted. Without the Sabbath, we would never have the rest that our Father knew we needed.
From the beginning, by His own example, He established the pattern for His creation, specifically for His people.
It is a sign between me and
the children of Israel for ever;
for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth,
and on the seventh day he rested,
and was refreshed.
On the seventh day, Jesus rested after He accomplished His work for our salvation. Our Lord’s Day of Resurrection established Jesus as the Lord of the Sabbath for a new creation for Himself.
From my own experience, especially as I have gotten older, this day of rest is necessary, otherwise I would have to stop sometime during the week from exhaustion. Beginning the day in worship with God’s people, and the afternoon resting, reading, and praying, gives me the refreshment I need for the week ahead. Monday begins with a greater anticipation, assurance, and wisdom for the work that the Father has planned for me to do. I have heard of many others who share the same experience, even those who are younger.
There are times when “the works of necessity and mercy” (Shorter Catechism Q 60) require an exception. In these times the Lord provides the strength that is needed for the week ahead, or the needed rest during the week.
Dear Father, we thank you for this Lord’s Day, for the glory of your presence in our worship, for the preaching of your word, prayers, the Lord’s Supper, the fellowship of your people; for families that rest together, and regroup for the week ahead. Let us not miss what you have planned for us in your kingdom work this next week. Let every day this week be a progression toward the next Lord’s Day, and each Lord’s Day a projection toward that glorious gathering with you in eternity. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.