Revelation is God’s disclosure of Himself and of His will. Revelation without a relationship (intimacy) will birth religion. Revelation with a relationship (intimacy) will birth true worship. When revelation of who God is comes together with an intimate relationship with Him, mighty things happen.
2 Chronicles 5:11-14 NKJV
“And it came to pass when the priests who came out of the Most Holy Place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without keeping to their divisions), and the Levites who were singers, all those of Asaph and Heman and Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, stood at the east end of the alter, clothed in white linen, having cymbals, stringed instruments and harps, and with them one hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets- indeed it came to pass, when the trumpets and singers were as one. to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying: ‘For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,’ that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.”
Acts 2:1-4 NKJV
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
When the manifest presence of God filled the temple in 2 Chronicles, all the priests and singers had just came from ministering to God. On the day of Pentecost, the early church was ministering to the Lord (praying and fasting) when the presence of God filled the place. Also, in Acts chapter thirteen the Bible gives us another example of the church ministering to the Lord, then the Holy Spirit ministering to them.
Acts 13:2 NKJV
“As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
The early church ministered to God in private and in public (in a corporate setting). We need knowledge of who God is and a life giving intimate relationship with Him. Just like the Pharisees, today many have a revelation of God, but they do not have a life giving, intimate relationship with Him. They know His name, but they don’t know Him. God desires for us to have both.
2 Samuel 6;14-17 NKJV
“Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet. Now as the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. So they brought the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. Then David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.”
David had a revelation of God and an intimate relationship with God. His wife, Michal, had a revelation of who God was, but she did not have an intimate relationship with God. Michal was filled with contempt for David when she saw him worshiping the Lord. She felt that David’s intimate dance before the Lord was a very low and worthless thing. She rejected David’s worship to the Lord. As a result, she remain childless.
2 Samuel 6:23 NKJV
“Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.”
The Bible does not say that Michal was barren, it says that she was childless. Could it be because she rejected David’s worship to the Lord that he was no longer had intimacy with her, causing her to be childless? She was still married to David, she still lived in his house, she was still part of his family but, they were no longer intimate.
Today, many people reject true worship and in so doing, intimacy between them and God is non existent. They still consider themselves part of the family of God, they still go to His house, but they are no longer intimate with Him.
In essence, when we reject true worship, we reject intimacy with God.