God is Showing Up

I'm writing today with the encouraging thought that God is truly showing up. It's more than an honor to gather with God's people to worship him and acknowledge the preeminence of his son, our Lord Jesus Christ. The sense of the Spirit's presence has been making its mark on me, and honestly, I won't soon recover. But I think I speak for all of us when I say, I have no intention of recovering... "The priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD" (1 Kings 8:11; cf. 2 Chron. 5:14). Those men had no need to recover from such an experience, but only to show up and see what God would do. When we show up, he shows up! The cloud that filled that temple was the "glory" belonging to Yahweh (the LORD), distinctly his and his alone, coupled with a shining, glimmering radiance emanating from the immediate presence of God. It was that glory of his immediate presence that so filled the early temple that the ministers of God could not even stand up on their feet to continue serving. Did they crawl around on the floor? Did they just sit where they were, waiting? Did they lie down and just bask in the glory? Did they remain conscious or paralyzed in the presence?! This was the immediate, manifest presence of God that could be seen (cloud, radiant glory) and felt (could not stand). Such a glory is so profoundly awesome; I speak here of the very presence of Almighty God himself! If such was the glory under the Old Covenant, how much more should we expect that God will come down and reveal himself to us as we gather together for the explicit purpose of knowing him. "Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, . . . transitory though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? . . . And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!" (2 Cor. 3:7, 8, 11). Be encouraged, church; the God of all glory is showing up!

-- Pastor Roy