I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the LORD.”
There have been times in my life when God really messes things around. In fact it seems like when He shows up, all hell breaks loose.
This morning I was meditating on the different times God has shown up in my life in powerful ways and the chaos that ensued. There were times I lost friends, was accused of being weird, and went through financial hardship because of my stance for Christ.
In Psalm 122 the author is glad that he was going to the house of the Lord. In those days the temple was the place where God dwelt. Going to the house of the Lord meant going to where the presence of God was.
I am reminded of a couple of other times that God showed up. The most obvious one was when Jesus walked the earth. Many people received that presence with gladness but others did not. Some tried to throw Him off a cliff; some accused Him of blasphemy, and finally some arranged His death.
Peter and John had an experience where God showed up. They were heading to the temple as was their custom and they pray for a beggar. God shows up and the man is healed. All of a sudden this man is making a spectacle out of himself by leaping and dancing and praising the Lord. Now you would think that everyone would be happy about what God did for this man. This was not the case. Instead there were people who threw Peter and John into jail for letting God show up and heal this man.
Are You Glad When God’s Presence Shows Up?
That is the question I had to ask myself. What is more important to me? Am I such a creature of habit and rationality that I get uncomfortable when God’s presence comes? Is peace and stability more important to me than the chaos that sometimes ensues when He comes? Am I truly glad to go to where the presence of God is?
Meditation on Our Reaction To God’s Presence
When was the last time you truly experienced the presence of God? What was your reaction to it? Did you embrace it and run with it with gladness as a kid runs and plays in the presence of their friends? Did you murmur and complain or even fight against it because it was messy? When was the last time you invited the Holy Spirit to come and envelope you in His presence?
Prayer for More of God’s Presence
Father, I invite you to send the Holy Spirit to be with me at all times. I do not want to quench or grieve your Spirit. You know what is best not only for my own life but for the lives of others. I accept the changes and chaos that sometimes happens when you step in. Restore to me the joy that is found in your salvation and help me to be glad to be in your presence. In Jesus name. Amen.