Fellowship in the Lord is surely a very special thing. To be able to share together with those of like heart and mind, is a privilege that we so easily take for granted. And one thing we can be guilty of ignoring, is the fact that the Lord is delighted when His people are enjoying Him with each other. Malachi 3:16 is a great verse which shows something of this great happening. The verse reads:
Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honoured his name.
At the heart of the experience here is a people who are fearing the Lord. Our sharing together in the Lord, will only be genuine when we are fearing the Lord. This spirit of awe, reverence, respect and honour for the Lord creates a demeanour which wants us to engage with others about this Lord. And it will be others who have the same experience of the Lord who will be able to be part of this mutual sharing. Through coming together in fellowship we will be speaking of this Lord who is so precious to us.
The delight of the Lord in this phenomena is seen in His making a permanent note of the interaction among His people. As a precursor to His note taking we see that He delights to listen and hear. It is interesting that these two words are used to emphasise how much this conversation blesses the heart of our God. He not only has the words registering on the ear as He listens, but they register on His inner being as he hears. But then there is the recording. It is as if He says “make a note of that”. We live in a world which spews forth masses of insignificant words and that includes among Christians. But here are some words of significance. So the Lord notes the people who are the sharers of this special fellowship.
Finally I observe that when people have lives that are honouring the Lord, then those people are speaking of that Lord with others who want to honour the same Lord. And in all this the Lord is honoured. If we say we honour the name of the Lord, but don’t speak to His people of Him then there is something wrong.