When I arrived back home Saturday I wrote a short post about my time at FLAME and how it seemed that God was so close to all of us during the week. Someone commented:
“Is it possible to make an environment more open for God’s presence?”
I would say that yes it is possible to have an environment that is more open to God’s presence. I think many times we come to God’s house not expecting Him to “show up.” One of the great things about FLAME is that almost everyone who is there is ready to worship when we get there. Even at FLAME, there are those times when it feels like worship stops at the ceiling (I’ll be quick to say, I have experienced few of those times.) When we come with an expectant attitude, I believe that God is more likely to “show up.” I put “show up” in quotes, because God is always there, but there are those times when He makes His presence manifest in a greater way.
So there is an expectant attitude, but what about the way we are living our lives? Charlie Hall’s song Give Us Clean Hands is based on Psalm 24:3-6 and represents our attitude when we come to worship.
We bow our hearts, we bend our knees
Oh spirit, come make us humble
We turn our eyes from evil things
Oh Lord, we cast down our idols
So give us clean hands, and give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
O God, let us be a generation that seeks
That seeks your face O God of Jacob
I really believe that when we harbor sin in our lives, it can be a hindrance to worship. When we put anything before God, it can and usually will hinder our worship. So, I really believe that we can create an environment where God is made more manifest.