The Lord Is About to Pass By

The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by” (1 Kings 19:11a).

I’ve had a few mountaintop experiences in my life, when the presence of the Lord was unmistakable, powerful, tangible, and overwhelming.  I will never forget a time shortly after I started leading worship when the presence of the Holy Spirit was so heavy (literally) that most of the worship team ended up on their knees—we couldn’t stay standing under the weight!  In the Old Testament, the word most often used for the glory of God is kā·ḇôḏ, which means “heavy.”  And while I think that these encounters with God are memorable and very special, I also think they tend to be somewhat rare.  More often than not, when the Lord passes by, I find it easy to miss his presence entirely—perhaps I was too busy or focused on other things.

My prayer this week is that we, like Elijah in 1 Kings 19, will get to stand in the presence of the Lord.  Maybe it will be one of those special and rare mountaintop experiences where the kā·ḇôḏ of God’s glory weighs heavy in the room.  Or maybe it will be a still small voice whispering God’s assurance to your soul.  Either way, for the Creator of the Universe to grace us with his presence is truly a blessing, and I pray that blessing is yours this week!