David Beelen is a pastor at Madison Square Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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What all human beings long for is the manifest presence of God in worship. Psalm 139 teaches us that God is present everywhere, but we can also experience an intensification of that presence among us in worship. Real worship happens when God's people are sensitive to this intensified presence and enter into it with abandon and reverence—a most holy and glorious combination.
You describe such real worship in your letter when you passionately portray your congregation's hunger:
"As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God."
"I long to worship with freedom, singing songs of joy, clapping my hands in exuberance and worshiping together as we get lost in the presence of God."
—New Member of Madison Square