“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, “darkness” on the walls of his cell.” - C.S. Lewis
“I’m not against screens, or new songs, or innovation. I just don’t like the gimmicks. I want to know when worship is over that the leader’s sole purpose was to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.” - Charles R. Swindoll
Have you ever been a part of a church service that you wished would never end? I can recall several that went for hours, and all I wanted to do was keep going. I can recall all night prayer meetings that ended in the early morning… you were tired, but your soul was full. Several times at youth camp at Lake Texoma, services would take several hours to complete, and the invitation would stretch on into the night. Fun activities that had been planned later in the evening had to be cancelled, but no one minded. We were all enthralled by the glory of God; His majesty was a the forefront. There really is no way to fully explain a service like this, you just have to experience the great working of God.
I have been a part of some timeless services, but I’m sure they all would pale in comparison to the assembly, dedication, and filling of the tabernacle. When God’s very presence, represented by the cloud, filled the tabernacle (so full that even Moses could not enter!), what an event, what a service, what a memorable time! Notice also, that this was “in the sight of all the house of Israel”. Everyone got to see DAILY God’s very presence residing on the tabernacle.
It is a great reminder that God’s blessings follow obedience. In chapters 39-40 of Exodus, the phrase “As the Lord commanded” is used 14 times! They did what God told them to, and God blessed because of it. As a Christian, you are most happy and fulfilled when you trust and obey. When we do what Christ has instructed, we succeed!
Although this was an amazing service, and seeing the glory of God fill a tabernacle would have been incredible… we have God living in our personal tabernacle of our hearts! I pray that God gives us daily reminders of His presence and that we can have “services”, both private and collective that will bring this reminder to the forefront of our minds. Live today know that God’s presence goes with you, and abides in you in the person of the Holy Spirit. As amazing as that service must have been, it is nothing to having the daily abiding Spirit of God living in our hearts!
Daily Scripture Reading
Exodus 39 - 40
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
“Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.”