“For he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever,”
the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God. 2 Chronicles 5:11-14.
My earliest worship experiences after my conversion were in charismatic churches. It was the first time I had ever seen people worshiping God like they meant it. We sang songs of faith and victory out of the Bible, and I memorized some of the scriptures that way. As the service went on, the songs got slower and more reverent. People would raise their hands to God as they sang, and some got on their knees. A few even got face down on the carpet and worshiped. We all wanted to see God in His glory. We wanted to be enveloped in that cloud!
We never got the cloud, but we still found the presence of God. And when it was over, we knew we had worshiped, and not just “gone to church.” I miss those days.