Week 45 The Glory of God in worship
S: 2 Chron 5:13 (NKJV)
‘Indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,” that the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud’.
O: When we gather together to praise and worship God, it is safe to assume that a strong desire of all those involved is for God’s glory to be revealed. In other words, the team conducting the worship service all want God’s manifest presence to be present, to occupy the atmosphere and altar they have built. Look again at 2 Chron 5:14 “So that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.” What an amazing experience! In the book of Exodus 33:18, Moses asks for God to show him His glory and God’s response was simply this in verse 19 –
“Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” Then in verse 22 it summarises all of the description above in a single phrase “My glory”. So going back to our main scripture of focus (2 Chron 5:13), if we follow the order prescribed, when we embrace interpersonal relationship, build unity and oneness of heart and sound, proclaiming His goodness and mercy, God’s glory will show up. As always with the things of God; simple but not easy.
A: Challenge yourself and your team to follow the process laid out in 2 Chron 5:13 and practice the art of inviting God’s glory into your worship sessions.
P: Dear Lord, thank you for your word and the examples of true worship. I long to experience your glory personally, within my worship team and also in corporate worship. Help me O Lord to be more aware and be a conduit for your presence.