Embraced

*Please review the previous posts Really Enter and Going Up.

Noise. With a desire to enter the presence of God in corporate worship, we are faced with noise and distraction. Wanting to climb the ladder, we get caught up in our expectation of a disruption free worship experience.

How can we have a meaningful worship experience in the midst of distraction?

Psalm 27:4 says:

אַחַת, שָׁאַלְתִּי מֵאֵת-יְהוָה–אוֹתָהּ אֲבַקֵּשׁ

שִׁבְתִּי בְּבֵית-יְהוָה, כָּל-יְמֵי חַיַּי

לַחֲזוֹת בְּנֹעַם-יְהוָה, וּלְבַקֵּר בְּהֵיכָלוֹ

“One thing I ask of the Lord, that will I seek: to dwell in the House of the Lord all the days of my life, to have a vision of the Lord’s beauty, and to break forth in His Temple.”

We want to ascend higher to experience the depth of prayer and song, to be embraced in the I and Thou; to know and be known. Worship.

We are here. They are here. He is here.

When we are present, tuned in to the life of the congregation, we begin to experience the distractions and noise differently. Rather than taking away from our worship experience, it all becomes a “hallelujah!”

As psalm 150:6 says, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Hallelujah!”

The environment now looks different. The movement, the cough, the crying, the chattering becomes the commotion of praise in the courts of His temple. On the wings of song and life we drift up the ladder effortlessly, higher into the presence and embrace of the Holy Spirit.

We behold the beauty of the Lord in the face of the other, in the chorus of voices, in the melodic cacophony of the improvisation that is human assembly, as we thunder with the heavenly choir: Holy! Holy! Holy!

Worship, my friends, is not found in decorum, but in life: in the breath. It is in the midst of the ensemble of the holy that we are embraced by the dwelling of God all the days of our life, and when that which we seek is truly found.

Be well. Shalom.

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