Exodus 40:1-11, 16 (CEB)
The LORD spoke to Moses: set up the meeting tent dwelling on the first day of the first month. Place the chest containing the covenant inside the dwelling. Hide the chest from view with the veil. Bring in the table and arrange its items. Bring in the lampstand and set up its lamps. Place the gold altar for burning incense in front of the chest containing the covenant. Set up the screen at the dwelling’s entrance. Put the altar for entirely burnt offerings in front of the entrance to the meeting tent dwelling. Put the washbasin between the meeting tent and the altar and put water in it. Set up the courtyard all around. Hang up the screen at the courtyard gate. Then take the anointing oil and anoint the dwelling and everything in it. Make holy the dwelling and all its equipment, and it will be holy. Anoint the altar for entirely burnt offerings and all its equipment. Make the altar holy, and the altar will be most holy. Anoint the washbasin with its stand and make it holy…Moses did everything exactly as the LORD had commanded him.
A worshiping community prepares for worship! Notice the attention to detail. Each individual act contributes to the whole of the worship encounter. Certainly God is capable of spontaneously arriving, but I believe God wants us to come with a holy anticipation—a heart of holy preparation, seeking to experience God’s presence filling the tabernacle. Let us do everything we can to expect and receive His presence in our midst. Let us be prepared as a worshiping community