In second Chronicles, Solomon has finished building the temple and offers up a prayer of dedication. When he finishes praying, FIRE came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and sacrifices and the scripture tells us, "the Glory of the LORD filled the temple" (2 Chronicles 7:1-2)
In chapter 5, they bring in the ark of the covenant and the scripture tells us that the priests couldn't continue ministering because of the cloud, for " the glory of the LORD filled the house of God".
In Exodus 24, as Moses ascends Mt. Sinai, a cloud covers the mountain and "the glory of the LORD rested on the mountain", and the sight of the glory of the LORD was like a 'consuming fire'.
I don't know about you, but the VERY prospect of seeing this kind of manifestation of the glory of God come down and fill the church or other place, excites me! I long to see the Lord's glory, the Shekinah glory, manifest like this! If His glory is going to fall, I DO NOT want to miss it!
Now, we certainly see His glory in our daily routines. In the sun, moon, stars, wind, rain, thunder and lightning. In our children and grandchildren. In the birth of a newborn baby. In all creation. He shows Himself to us and reveals the wonder of who He is in so many ways.
Yet.... I long for more. I long to feel His presence.... To be where He is. To whole-heartedly worship an almighty and all-powerful God. And for the Lord's glory to fill me and consume me like never before.
For this to happen, we have to enter into worship with Him. We have to be seeking after His glory. We have to be communing with Him in praise, thanksgiving, prayer and bible study.
When we enter into His presence and we focus soley on Him....
He will meet with us and oh, my friends, His glory will fall. We will be consumed by His Spirit. We will be overwhelmed.. Astounded.. Amazed...
Oh, Praise God! Don't let me miss the glory!
In the view from the mountains... there’s a story to be told
In the crashing of the ocean ...there’s a power that no man can ever hold
All the stars in the Heavens ....decorate your handiwork
Like a mighty choir... we come to celebrate your worth
Don’t let me miss the glory... don’t let me miss the praise
All creation is singing...to the honor of your name
Don’t let me miss the wonder...don’t let me miss the grand design
The lightning and the thunder, will open up my eyes
Don’t let me miss the glory
In the cry of a baby.... in the laughter of love
In the dance of the faithful ..you will find the greatness of our God above
In the prayer of the righteous...in the beauty of your grace
In the brand new morning mercy ...all your memory of my sin has been erased
(Lyrics by Gordon Mote)