If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of the LORD honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly; Then you shall take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth;
The Sabbath is of vital importance to God; He calls it, My Holy Day. This goes back to the very beginning of creation. In chapter 2 of Genesis we read, ‘Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy’. In chapter 20, the keeping of the Sabbath becomes a commandment. When something is this important to God, we need to respect it.
Traditionally for us now, the Sabbath is Sunday, but if you work for one of the Emergency Services, for example, then resting on Sunday may not be possible. I don’t believe that it is actually pinned down to a particular day – it is all about 6 days and 1 day. It is about time offered back to God; a time of reflection through uninterrupted fellowship. It’s a day free from the distraction of things that clamour for our attention. A day to rest in God, to put all other pleasures aside and delight in Him alone.
God is asking us to honour Him in this way, to acknowledge His sovereignty and His holiness. And when we do, He says, I will make you ride on the heights of the earth. I’ll be honest, I don’t know exactly what that means but it definitely sounds like something that I don’t want to miss!