“One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.” Psalm 27:4
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! ….For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.” Psalm 133: 1, 3b
Unified praise is powerful. When the people of God come together to worship across denominational lines, across state lines and beyond our own church walls something shifts in the spiritual realm. No matter our backgrounds or church denominations we can all agree on this one thing–Jesus is worthy of our worship.
Last year the unity that I saw at David’s Tent was astounding. We had gospel choirs, punk rock groups, singer songwriters and hymn-sings. We had people from all denominations and organizations and the unity that was displayed was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. This year we’re seeing the exact same thing. Yesterday afternoon a “go-go” band led worship. Go-Go is often called the sound of DC. t’s a style that’s characterized by a drum beat that just never stops going! Go-Go bands are notorious for playing for 4, 6, 8 hours at a time without stopping. How fitting for an event where the music just keeps going for 1,000 hours!
The diversity in musical styles and denominations does nothing to hinder our unity, it only adds to it! I once heard it said that unity without diversity isn’t unity, it’s conformity. It’s true!
“1 I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”….4 That is where the tribes go up—the tribes of the Lord—to praise the name of the Lord according to the statute given to Israel 5 There stand the thrones for judgment, the thrones of the house of David.” Psalm 122: 1, 4-5
I love how it first states that Jerusalem is the place where the tribes go up to worship, and secondly the place of government. Now that’s making Jesus central! In the same way, we believe that Washington, DC, the governmental seat of America, is also the place where the tribes of America should come up to worship! The worship capital and the governmental capital! Come up and worship with us this fall through Nov. 5th.
Just curious – I read that if there is a government shutdown that everyone has to leave national park areas. Does your permit allow you to stay, or do you have to take down the tent and leave too?
Great question! We are still here on the Ellipse – day and night. Praise God!