There’s a place in town where I like to go to pray. It’s a very peaceful place with a lake, waterfalls, a beautiful scenery, and piped worship music playing softly. Whenever I go there I find myself entering the space reverently. I always enter respectfully, taking my time, never in a hurry.
Today, as I was walking into my special prayer place I thought about how we should always enter the Lord’s presence reverently, being respectful of this sacred space.
This unfortunately is not always how we enter the church sanctuary. Often, we come in nosily, laughing and talking, and catching up on the latest gossip. This is very disrespectful of God, and of His house.
We saw how Jesus had so much zeal for His Father’s house when He threw out the money-changers, overthrowing their tables (Matthew 21:12-13). These men were disrespecting His Father’s house, and He wasn’t going to have it.
Neither should we stand for blatant disrespect of God’s house. When we enter His presence, we should enter respectfully, with an understanding that we are now entering a sacred, holy place where God dwells in the midst of His people.
We should never take the Lord’s presence for granted. We should never enter it laughing, talking, and gossiping. Do we think we would do this if Jesus Himself were sitting there visibly, in His full glory and splendor? Just because we can’t physically see Him doesn’t mean He’s not there in the midst of us.
God deserves our respect and honor.
1Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. (Psalm 100)
Let’s always show God the respect He deserves.