There is something about “being in God’s presence”–that moment of spiritual awareness of Him–that one cannot forget. For me, it has mostly come, like the psalm writer says, when I have been in a place where crowds of people have stood, or bowed, or sang, or shouted His attributes: His praiseworthiness, His goodness, His justice, His mercy, His unending love. That is what “church” means for me; a gathering for the purpose of declaring God and experiencing His presence communally.
And yet, I also love what the psalm writer says here: “me”. Over and over, it’s “me”, it’s personal. I love Your house. I shall praise. And so I have also experienced God’s presence just me, all alone–yet not alone.
Lord, may our families be allowed to continue declaring You, whether at a church or a home, and may You respond to us.