Kari Jobe’s song “When You Walk in the Room” has softened my heart and helped open my eyes again to the truth that when God’s presence becomes real in our gatherings and when His name is exalted and worshiped, there is NOTHING like it.
Most all humans have a tendency to idolize people. For our 25th anniversary, my wife and I traveled to Paris. We made a bee-line to experience French macarons at a top bakery in Paris. While sitting outside the bakery savoring the best macarons on the planet, Lady Gaga happened to walk by with body guards and an entourage of crazy fans snapping photos with their phones; star struck by a celebrity, pushing and tripping over people – a little out of control.
Idolizing is just that…a form of idolatry, plain and simple. The 2nd of the 10 commandments God gave to Moses tells us not to make any graven image or bow down (worship) it. This is a serious statement and a clear commandment-not an option. God’s place is 1st and we need to look at our lives and be honest about who or what we are worshiping – “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
- #1 pole position
In car racing, getting pole position is at least a first step in the mathematical possibility of finishing first, of course car and tires need to hold strong as well. When it comes to placing God in a position in our hearts, the very suggestion that He should be #1 precludes the possibility that we would actually compare God to other people or things and assign a lower position than #1. The reality is that many times God is not #1 nor will He compete to get that spot. He will not race to win pole position, He is in a class all of His own. He asks for devotion, not applause or accolades. He desires love, not likes. Is He #1 absolutely and undeniably in our lives?
- Is your heart engaged?
Let’s face it, on any given Sunday (or day we worship) we can personally experience a great sense of the presence of God and His nearness, and some other times feel nothing. We look around and see people passionately worshiping while others are yawning and wondering when it will be over and what to eat for lunch. So where does the problem lie? The heart is not engaged. Technological advances and a “drive thru” mentality has stifled our relational growth and in so many ways hindered our pursuit of God and His presence. Nothing can take the place of each of us engaging our hearts and experiencing a personal touch from God. Nobody else can do this for us. Our hearts must be sensitive, in touch with the reality of God and we must learn to press in, seek and pursue God until we have come face to face with the reality of Who He is.
- A mindset swing
The Bible reminds us that God dwells in the praises of His people. (Psalm 22:3) This verse should not just be a worship leader’s plea to convince us to sing and certainly should not be taken in the context of corporate worship only. The simple truth I want to highlight here is that the God of the universe and Creator of all, actually decides to walk in wherever we are and wherever we lift up His name. Let’s not super spiritualize this truth. The meaning of the lyrics mentioned above, “when you walk in the room there’s nothing like it” is truth that should cause us to be in awe of God’s love for us. He so desires to be with us. When we meet the conditions He lays out in His Word and we worship Him with our hearts, God changes His address to ours and decides to “hang” with us. Furthermore, what is even more incredible is that while we go to God to fulfill a need or because we enjoy His presence, He comes to us because He loves us so much more and our needs pale in comparison to His love and desire to be with us. He loved us first, He loves us more and His presence is a manifestation of His love for us, not the other way around.
I grew up with three brothers and my dad taught us that whenever a guest would visit, we would sit around the table in respect of our guest and behave properly. Why am I sharing this? Reverence and respect are key factors in creating space in our hearts for God’s presence. May our minds be open, our hearts engaged and may our lives be the place where He chooses to dwell, as we worship Him in Spirit and in truth.
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.