‘Suddenly, the glory of the God of Israel was there.’
In our Sunday morning service this week we had a wonderful touch of the Spirit of God. We were taking communion and were singing the words softly ‘It is well with my soul.’ We sang them over and over and as we finished taking the bread and wine we began to sing the verse:
‘My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!’
It was as if ‘suddenly, the glory of God was there.’ The Spirit of God swept across us like a gentle breeze causing many to begin to weep as the realisation dawned on us, once again, that we bear our sin and guilt no more. It was one of those Holy Spirit moments when He breathes across a company of believers. It came upon us so suddenly and passed by almost as quickly but we were left with a joy in our hearts, a very precious memory in our spirits and a lightening of our spiritual footsteps on The Way. I had the privilege of leading the company at that point, and what others couldn’t see, but I could, was the softening on faces, the tears streaming down cheeks and hearts and faces lifted with joy and gratitude. It will remain with me for a long time. At the end of our service, the collection is normally taken to music whilst one or two folks begin to chat and gather up their belongings, but this Sunday we stood to sing another hymn with hands raised and hearts turned towards God our Father. What a softening in a moment of time. It was indeed ‘suddenly.’
And yet this is not the first time we have known the moving of the Holy Spirit and I certainly pray it won’t be the last! He has visited us many times before, just as Ezekiel says:
‘just as I had seen it before in the valley.’
He had seen the glory of God before in the valley. We have felt the moving of the Spirit before. Sometimes we have felt it on the mountain top, whilst other times, we have been in the valley, but wherever we have felt it, it wakens our spirits to the heavenly world of His beauty and glory. It transforms lives in a moment of time, in a a way we cannot manufacture, no matter how hard we work in the church.
Why these special visitations? We don’t know, but what we do know, it awakens a longing for more!
‘You have visited me in the night.’ Psalm 17:3
‘Remember me, O Lord, O visit me with Thy salvation.’
Let this story, or perhaps the memory of this moment if you were there, awaken something within you that begins to silently cry out to heaven; visit us again soon dear Lord!