Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle (Exodus 40:34-35).
The glory of God’s presence is revealed when God’s children come together in unity to worship the Lord. The glory of His presence in any environment causes upliftment and transformation in the life of everyone present. No wonder the Psalmist declared: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore” (Psalm 133:1-3).
The presence of God transforms your life. At the mount of transfiguration Peter, James and John experienced the glory of God’s presence so much that Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here” (Matthew 17:4). The glory was so overwhelming and fulfilling that they didn’t want to leave. That experience transformed Peter’s life forever. In fact, he referred to it many years later, in his letter to the churches (2 Peter 1:16-18).
The Bible says, “The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth” (Psalm 97:5). When you experience the glory of the Lord’s presence, His power becomes more real to you and all your problems melt and fade away. It dawns on your spirit that God is truly bigger than your adversaries.
The Psalmist described it as “the dew of Hermon” (Psalm 133:3); thus in the presence of the Lord, your life is condensed with His blessings; you’re divinely rejuvenated.
No wonder the Bible says times of refreshing come from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19). There, you’ll find answers and solution to your nagging concerns and doubts. In that presence, you’ll see a new picture of yourself—you’ll see yourself the way God sees you in His Word. This is why you can’t afford to miss your church services, for the Lord is in the midst of His people: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).