How often in times of worship (the singing variety) have you heard the words “Let’s wait for God’s presence”? Chances are you have uttered them yourself. (I am sure I have at least mouthed a variant of this). Is God not present before we sing? Does our singing usher Him down from Heaven? In this image is an implicit sense that we are separate from God, and our singing is a bridge that makes it possible for God to come across to us. I am the queen of disclaimers, and have to add one here – I love worship through music and singing, and do (at least some of the time) feel a strong sense of God’s presence within me during times of worship. But is God more present when we worship? Maggi Dawn raises this question over at her blog as part of a discussion of the Trinity. How she resolves this resonates within me. She speaks of a ‘social Trinity’ – not disimilar to the perspective presented by Baxter Kruger in ‘The Great Dance‘. Communion, worship, adoration, creativity is all happening within the Trinity, and we are invited to be a part of it. God does the inviting, not us! As Maggi writes, we do not need to create “a good enough party to wake God up and make him think he might join us”. Rather, we are welcomed in to
“the party where God is, and always was, and always will be, engaged in mutual adoration and praise, and where you can be drawn right into the centre of God until you can hardly spot the join.”
Now that is something I would love to experience.