God’s Presence in Worship
Have you ever thought that when we gather for worship, we are meeting on holy ground? Sometimes in a choir rehearsal, I step out of my shoes because I’m aware that much more is going on than rehearsing music. I am standing on holy ground.
Being in God’s presence in worship is being on holy ground. At the burning bush, God told Moses to take off his shoes since he apparently wasn’t aware of where he was. In worship it is always God’s invitation to us to join Him. (Notice how Moses responded to God’s invitation to join Him.)
God is present whether we acknowledge it or not. One of the lines of the song “We Are on Holy Ground” is “Lord, may your presence make us pause, may your vision be our cause.” Our sanctuary is not an entirely “earthly” place just like the burning bush, or the place of Jacob’s dream, or the Tabernacle in the wilderness, or the Temple in Jerusalem were not entirely “earthly” places. They were places where God met His people. In worship heaven and earth are brought together…that is if we recognize it.