The grandest buildings which men have reared for religious uses, are often no better than whitened sepulchers destitute of any holy influence because they are given up to superstitious ceremonies, and filled to no purpose with crowds of formal worshipers, who come unfeeling, and go unfeeling away. No worship is of any use to souls at which Christ is not present! Incense, banners, pictures, flowers, crucifixes, and long processions of richly dressed ecclesiastics are a poor substitute for the great High Priest Himself!
The poorest room where a few penitent believers assemble in the name of Jesus is a consecrated and most holy place in the sight of God! Those who worship God in spirit and truth, never draw near to Him in vain. Often they go home from such meetings warmed, cheered, established, strengthened, comforted and refreshed. And what is the secret of their feelings? They have had with them the great Master of assemblies, Jesus Christ Himself!
2 Samuel 16:19 ... And again, whom should I serve? should I not serve in the presence of his son? as I have served in thy father's presence, so will I be in thy presence.
1 Chronicles 16:27 ... Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place. ❤