Sometimes while we worship the Father we feel His presence in varying degrees. The feeling is matchless and many times difficult to describe. There is nothing wrong with wanting to experience His touch, but if all we do is chase those feelings, then we are out of balance. Should our goal just be feeling His presence while worshipping, but neglecting the studying of His Word?
When you received Christ as your Savior, you may have felt His touch. You may not have felt anything at all. At some point in your relationship with the Lord you will sense His tangible presence. You will learn to recognize this feeling. Yet, don’t lean on your emotions to measure your growth in the Spirit.
If we usually spend our time studying the Word, but don’t engage in worshipping Him, then we can become legalistic. The opposite is also true, with a result of becoming flaky.
Don’t get me wrong; I love His presence and I hope each and every time when I am seeking God that I will feel Him. But if I don’t feel Him, instead of feeling down about it, I have to ask myself, “Was I in this for only me, or did I want to let the Lord know that I love Him and He is my Lord?”
We aren’t to chase a feeling. Emotions fade, but His Word endures forever. We learn from the book of John exactly what/who the Word is: Jesus.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us… John 1:14
Absorbing the Word is how we get to know Him. It is the Word that changes us. You can experience the same feeling of His nearness while studying and receiving revelation about a spiritual truth. It is so fulfilling.
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11 NKJV
What exactly is the goal when searching for God? What are we looking for? A balance. A balance in communing with Him and feeding on His word. The time is now.
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:23-24