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“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 5:14 ESV . In the twenty five years or so that I have been following Jesus, I can only think a few times when the presence of a God has been so intense, that all programs have been laid aside and the whole congregation has been caught up in the total abandonment of the worship of God. . Other times I have felt on the outside, not seeing or feeling or experiencing what others around me are encountering. Perhaps this is because there is something within me that refuses to go along with the crowd, I don’t want to be swept away by hype or pretence, what I desire needs to be real. . Why is it then that I still in some ways want to be part of that corporate identity? My personal experiences of God have been so intimate and direct, and the wonder of this is knowing that the Creator of all things, would want to spend time with me alone. But relationships cannot be mono directional, He invites me to come at any time of my choosing, and He ministers to me in a way that is unique and especially designed for me and out of this my worship soars towards my Saviour. There will be a time when all of Jesus’ followers will be before His throne, joining in the corporate heavenly worship, but I would like to think on the other side of eternity, there will be times of infinite, intimate, relational worship
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Intimate or Corporate Worship?
But relationships cannot be mono directional, He invites me to come at any time of my choosing, and He ministers to me in a way that is unique and especially designed for me and out of this my worship soars towards my Saviour.