Unable to Stand

2 Chronicles 5:13-14

 “…in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the Lord saying, “He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.”

God showed us a little of what this might have been like at the youth Winter Retreat this year. There are no words to describe it. Every time we go to camp, it’s like God reveals a little bit more of how we are supposed to worship Him. He takes over, comes like the wind, and guides us into His presence. I’ve never felt so happy to be silent as I did during the Sunday morning chapel. In a room of over a hundred people, it was the most comfortable silence I’ve ever been a part of. It was sweet. It was peaceful. It was Spirit-filled. In that moment, God’s presence was so heavy, so real, that many of us could not even stand just like the priests in 2 Chronicles. Things like that don’t happen every day. It was a great honor and privilege for God to have chosen to meet with us like that. We—a group of young people and leaders trying to figure out who we even are in Christ—got to sit quietly in silent adoration of the one true God. We are so unworthy of Him, so undeserving of His presence, and yet…He brings it. I feel like I could babble for hours about it, trying to find just the right metaphors, just the right adjectives to tell someone what it was really like; but that would be impossible. I hope that in your life, you realize that being in the presence of Almighty God is the most incredible thing you could ever do. It’s the dream. It’s the goal. Chase it. Not just at church, but here and now! In your school, in your home, in your workplace, in your friendships, in your devotions, when you wake up, when you go to bed—worship Jesus! Pour out your love for Him with every word you say, with every moment of silence, with every thought you think—honor Him! Pray that God would spark something in your life. That your passion would bring Him fame! That because of you, the rest of the church would learn to worship the Lord with reckless abandon, not fearing what others might think of them! If I could convince you of one thing, it would be to never stop worshipping Jesus. Never stop standing in awe of who He is and in what He does. Never stop bowing before Him. He is holy. He is good. And He deserves it.

— Lyndsay Hudgens

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