I have been meditating on the goodness of the Lord this week.
I have the feeling that there’s a slowly-changing doubt about that in our church community. That there’s a bit of an slowly-changing identity crisis in our houses of worship.
This is what I mean: the Lord is being presented, or lifted up/ratified, as the Glorious Lord; Who is good, Whose mercy is new each morning, Who is holy, unchanging, and unmatched in power and holiness. I believe that the people are coming into a place/atmosphere of worship, and are seeing, more and more clearly, the Lord as He is. As He wants us to see Him.
The identity crisis has been that the people leave the atmosphere, and they forget what they have seen. I believe that this is changing, because our people have gotten a taste of the Lord in their mouths, and they are, literally, hungry for more. They are leaving the corporate place of worship, and building one in their hearts; mediating on the Lord, searching out Who He is and what He looks like. This is changing how they see themselves!
This is an under-current message that has been coming out of Bethel Church in Redding for some months/years now, and we sang about it last week; “When we see You, we’ll be like You”.
Isaiah described how he saw the Lord in heaven; high and lifted up. Jesus said that if He was lifted up, he’d draw ALL men to Himself. In Revelation, John says that there was a proclamation of intense worship of the Lord; blessing, glory, honor, and power. This is a response to being in the constant, revealed glory of the Lord, and I honestly believe that this is where we are going.
We’ve been talking for weeks about how to initiate engagement in the people, and I really feel like this is key for us. Some of us are super-hungry for the presence of the Lord. Like Joshua and Caleb, we need to be in front of the people, proclaiming, LOUDLY, the goodness that is on the other side of this ‘river’. The goodness of the Lord is what is breaking through the reticence to come, bringing repentance, so that real identity change can take place, so that people can enter in to the presence of the Lord and SEE the glory of the Lord.
Hear what I’m saying? Many people in our house are tasting, tasting ,tasting the goodness of the Lord, and our eyes are being brightened or opened (like Jonathan’s, haha 1 Sam 14.27), and we are beginning to see the glory of the Lord.
I don’t want to manipulate people. But I do want to instigate a response of worship and praise in our people. I think this is happening as people are tasting the goodness of the Lord.
So. The question is, how do we get there? Logistically speaking?