Pastor Mike Schumann
God dwells in the midst of His people, today. The maker of the universe, the creator of the galaxies, the sustainer of every heart which beats — This God dwells in the very midst of his people, today.
And, God has always dwelt in the midst of his people, but prior to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, God had dwelt amongst his people in a much different way. In the time of the Israelites, for example, God dwelt amongst his people, but not without a barrier standing between them. Both in the Tabernacle, and at the Temple, four walls stood to separate God from man. And these walls were a mercy from God, to His people, lest the radiance of His holiness reach out and consume the souls of the sinners who dwelt around Him.
How different is our case today, in the church, where we celebrate Jesus, who through his life, death, and resurrection, broke down these walls and removed these barriers between God and man. And this same Jesus, right now, beckons us in, into the very holy of holies, to bask in, soak up, and to enjoy the goodness of our God.
Reflecting upon this, AW Tozer writes, “(Now), ransomed men need no longer pause in fear to enter the Holy of Holies. (Rather), God wills that we should push on into His Presence and live our whole life there. This is to be known to us in conscious experience. It is more than a doctrine to be held, it is a life to be enjoyed every moment of every day.”
Sadly, however, Tozer’s quote appears in a writing in which he’s mourning the fact that so few Christians actually make use of this holy privilege. Rather, he grieves, God’s people are too often content with the knowledge of forgiveness before God, and bother themselves very little with the daily enjoyment of their God.
What Tozer is getting at, and what I’m wanting us to recognize, is that our God is dwelling here, right now, to be enjoyed by us, His people. In other words, Christian, you need not rest satisfied in the promise that one day you’ll dwell with God in heaven. Our God is here, right now, to be enjoyed, as a foretaste of what is to come, in full, in eternity.
So, this is my exhortation to us all: Do not wait to enjoy your God. Enjoy Him, bask in Him, today. And one simple way to do this today is, as you’re singing, take a second to stop, and consider, you are singing to Yahweh. God, the only God, hears you and is with you, now. What a wonder!
And this reminds us of our need to confess, for as we recognize that God is here, right now, to be enjoyed, we also recognize our worries are here, right now, to rule over us, our sinful inclinations are here, right now, to tempt us, our wayward minds are here, right now, to distract us. We want to confess that these amongst others have kept us from enjoying our God this week. And for all the other ways we’ve sinned, fallen short, failed to live like Christ in the world this week, for all of this, we come to our father in a time of silent confession, now.