In the Old Testament, God’s people went to the Temple to worship God because in a very special way God’s presence dwelt there. “The Lord is in his holy Temple,” Habakkuk says. Of course, the prophets understood that the Almighty is not contained by temples made by human hands. Yet, the Temple was a special and holy place, and the presence of the Lord was there in a unique way.
Jesus told s young Samaritan woman that a time was coming when an even more intimate experience of worship would be possible, a way we might worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23). Today, as saints gather each Sunday for worship, the Lord is again present in a very special way. We understand His presence is with us always through His Spirit, but in the assembly, when the Body of Christ comes together, that presence is experienced in a unique and holy way. For that reason, it is our desire that our worship make us aware of God’s presence among us.