More Than a Backstage Pass
By Paul Dailey
Recently, I made the two-and-a-half hour trek from Virginia
Beach with some of the teens from our church to "King’s
Fest," a three-day Christian music event at Paramount’s
King’s Dominion in Doswell, Va. For an entire weekend, we
jammed and worshiped with some of the premier acts in Christian
music. Artists such as Third Day, Rebecca St. James, Pillar, FFH,
Newsboys, Thousand Foot Krutch, Audio Adrenaline, and Jeremy Camp
took the stage and led us on a journey into the presence of God.
There were thousands of people packed into the amphitheater there
and the atmosphere was electrified. We were a few of the hundreds
"fortunate enough" to be seated on the lawn, so far
away from the stage that it was difficult to make out who was
performing. In the midst of all the excitement, one of my teens
made the comment, “It would be so awesome to get a backstage
The images of that enormous crowd and those distant figures on
stage as well as that backstage pass comment came rushing back
to me the next morning during my quiet time with the Lord. I was
taken away in the glory of God as I knelt there in my tent while
the sun crept over the eastern horizon. I began to express to
the Lord as eloquently as I knew how that I love Him so much and
that I long for real intimacy with Him. Then I said, “Jesus,
I don’t want to be just one of the faces in the crowd. I
don’t want to just stand there and watch You perform while
being robbed of a relationship with You.” I could sense
in my spirit all over again the Lord’s desire for more intimacy
than I was even willing to accept. Then I felt the Spirit prompting
me to ask for “more than a backstage pass.”
That’s pretty much the ultimate thing at a concert. People
pay good money to go behind the curtains with their favorite artists,
to see the inner workings of these “American Idols.”
Though I’ve never gotten a backstage pass to any concert,
I can imagine it would be exciting to get a few minutes to meet
my favorite artists with only a small group or maybe even get
a handshake. But Jesus wants even more than that.
There are three Scriptures that really spoke to me that morning
that express God’s desire for intimacy with us:
“One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my
life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His
temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall
set me high upon a rock” (Psalm 27:4, 5 ).
“You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence…”
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should
go; I will guide you with My eye” (Psalm 32:8).
Nestled gently within those verses are some incredibly delicious
morsels of God’s heart. He longs to be close enough to us
that He doesn’t even have to wave His hand --- we are close
enough to see the movement of His eyes; to know what He’s
thinking just by the direction He looks. And when He refers to
“the secret place” or “the tabernacle”
or “pavilion,” those are all pictures of the intimacy
shared between a husband and a wife.
If you feel you have been standing in the crowd, lost in a sea
of faces, there is hope. Even if you have gotten that backstage
pass but your heart tells you there is still more, press in. Isaiah
30:18 is a reminder that in spite of your flaws, the Lord longs
to be gracious to you. Slow down long enough to ask the Lord for
that intimacy. Address Him the same as you would your spouse or
your dearest friend. His ears are open to you and He promises
that as soon as you ask, He will answer. He yearns to return to
you as the Lover of your soul.
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