The Cloud of Glory

And when the priests came out of the Holy Place (for all the priests who were present had consecrated themselves, without regard to their divisions, and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, their sons and kinsmen, arrayed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps, and lyres, stood east of the altar with 120 priests who were trumpeters; and it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord), and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the Lord,

“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.

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