WHEN WE LEAVE HIS PLACE OF WORSHIP . . .
I admit to being ignorant about many things. And, that ignorance also extends to many things about God.
On the other hand, some things I do know about God are clear and comforting. God’s presence is one of the Big Ones.
In that regard, just several weeks ago, Margaret asked me to listen to one of her favorite songs: “Surely the Presence of the Lord is in this place.” One of the song’s stanzas is the following:
In the midst of His children, the Lord said He would be.
It doesn’t take very many; it can be just two or three.
And I feel that same sweet spirit that I felt oft time before.
Surely I can say I’ve been with My Lord.
(click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcZ1yEXd5fc for Tanica Campbell version of the song)
A day after listening to this song, I was preparing the benediction for our upcoming Sunday service. I asked myself, “Who is the Lord with whom we share our worship? Who is the God with whom we leave the place of corporate adoration to then enter the rooms of our homes, of our employment, of our places of trials or joys?
The answer to these questions is not part of my ignorance bank. Rather, the answer is secure.
Who is the God we worship?
It is the Lord God, the God who used the prophet Isaiah and the apostle Paul to affirm to us the following:
“Come to Me – when you are weary and weak. Rest snugly in My everlasting arms. I do not despise your weakness, my child. Actually, your weakness draws Me close to you as it stirs up my compassion, and my yearning to help.
“Accept yourself in your weariness, knowing that I understand how difficult your journey has been.”
“Allow the gift I have given you to blossom in my presence. Accept this gift as a sacred treasure – Allow Me to bless you richly through it.” (paraphrased versions from Isaiah 42:3 . . . Isaiah 54.10 . . . Romans 8. 26)