Being in the Presence of God

Being in the Presence of God

Many of us truly desire to be in the presence of God.  To be in His presence is a wonderful gift from God.  

Matthew 28:20

20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Hebrews 13:5

 5 Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,

   “I will never fail you.
      I will never abandon you.”[a]

Psalm 23:4

 4 Even when I walk
      through the darkest valley,[a]
   I will not be afraid,
      for you are close beside me.
   Your rod and your staff
      protect and comfort me.

As you can see by these verses God will never leave you, and He wants you to know Him.   These verses given to you are not just to comfort you but to let you know that being in His presence can be a daily reality. 

Psalm 89:15 (New Living Translation)

 15 Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship,
      for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord.

Think about this a moment:  God never leaves us…so if we are not feeling like we are in His presence then it is us that leaves.  So if you are not feeling like you are in His presence it is you that has to change.

Throughout the Bible there are many people who desired to be in God’s presence, and there are many who were.  They discovered the reality of this and since God is no respecter of persons then you can also learn how to be in His presence.  It is being in God’s presence that makes us different.  Many people have salvation by accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior, but not all of them learn how to be in the very presence of God.  Being in God’s presence is powerful. 

Moses was a man who knew the power of God.  Think about all that Moses witnessed such as the plagues, the Red Sea opening up and the people going through it on dry ground, water coming out of a rock, the Ten Commandments, the manna..and, and, and.  God rescued the people of Israel from their slavery  but in all of this…Moses knew about being in the presence of God.  Moses discovered the value of the intimate presence of God, and again…God is not a respecter of persons so you can have that same experience.

Exodus 33:8-11 (New Living Translation)

 8 Whenever Moses went out to the Tent of Meeting, all the people would get up and stand in the entrances of their own tents. They would all watch Moses until he disappeared inside. 9 As he went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and hover at its entrance while the Lord spoke with Moses. 10 When the people saw the cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, they would stand and bow down in front of their own tents. 11 Inside the Tent of Meeting, the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Afterward Moses would return to the camp, but the young man who assisted him, Joshua son of Nun, would remain behind in the Tent of Meeting.

It says the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.  Why?  Why would God do this?  Did God consider Moses more valuable than the rest of His people?  Moses desired to be in God’s presence and that is a key.  We are also different because we walk in the presence of the living God. 

David is another one who discovered the priceless treasure of God’s presence. 

Psalm 27:4 (New Living Translation)

 4 The one thing I ask of the Lord-
      the thing I seek most-
   is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
      delighting in the Lord’s perfections
      and meditating in his Temple.

David was called a man after Gods own heart…

(This should be our prayer as well)

1 Samuel 13:14 (New Living Translation)

14 But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”

God doesn’t just look at the outward part.  Many people can do many things even in the name of God and yet they still might not have a good heart.  God looks at the heart.  God searches for people who love Him, who show Him by their heart.  He looks at people in how they walk in Him and that they desire to be in His presence.  Did you know that everyone who says they love Him, that believe He is Lord even…they do not all want to be in His presence. 

When we are really walking with God our path will be revealed.  He lights our path and removes in us all the junk that we would stumble over.  He illuminates our path but we can, by our will, take the wrong road.  We can’t walk in our own light.  God is the only “real” light and that light is the light of His presence.

 

John 8:12

 12 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

Ephesians 5:8-14

8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.

 10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. 12 It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. 13 But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, 14 for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said,

   “Awake, O sleeper,
      rise up from the dead,
      and Christ will give you light.”

God wants to shine his spotlight/searchlight on our life.  He wants to expose all the garbage and help us remove it so we can live right. God wants to reveal our sins not to punish us but to change us.

Hebrews 4:13 (New Living Translation)

13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

You can’t run from God.  You can’t hide even one thing…but you can change.  One thing that happens is life changing.  That is when we get into God’s presence so God can reveal Himself to us.  You can read the Bible from cover to cover and never get to know Him personally.  Head knowledge is not heart knowledge.  When we know God personally  He not only lights our path, reveals our sins, but He will reveal Himself to us and help us change.  He will guide us, cleans us, and we will begin to have such a powerful and intimate relationship with Him.

I think one of my favorite verses in the Bible is:

Psalm 27:5 (New Living Translation)

 5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
      he will hide me in his sanctuary.
      He will place me out of reach on a high rock.

God is our refuge not just in the good times, but He is our refuge when trouble comes.  It is in Him we can hide.  But God didn’t say we would never face troubles in our life, in fact, we will. 

 

John 16:33 (New Living Translation)

33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

We will have trials and sorrows!  The one thing though when we face the trials and sorrows is the fact that God is with us and never leaves us.  He is the presence we need.

Psalm 46:1 (New Living Translation)

 1 God is our refuge and strength,
      always ready to help in times of trouble.

Psalm 32:7 (New Living Translation)

 7 For you are my hiding place;
      you protect me from trouble.
      You surround me with songs of victory.
                         Interlude

As stated above we will go through trials and sorrows but we have something the world does not…we can be in the very presence of God and hide in the shadow of His wings.  In Him we will find rest. 

Exodus 33:14-15 (New Living Translation)

 14 The Lord replied, “I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest-everything will be fine for you.”

 15 Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place.

Again…God is not a respecter of persons. 

Psalm 37:4 (New Living Translation)

 4 Take delight in the Lord,
      and he will give you your heart’s desires.

Think about this:  You will only enjoy the total benefits of God when you learn to delight in Him.  We all have some area of our life that we delight in.  Take a football game.  Look at how people act at the game.  Many are totally absorbed in them.  They spend great amounts of money and time going to games.  They delight in the games…but this is how we should be treating God.  We should fill stadiums to overflowing praising and worshiping Him.  We should be desiring Him and spending time with Him.  You can ask many people about the players on a team and they know all the stats, yet many know very little about the creator of the universe and what He truly did for them.  Actually whatever you give your time and energy to most likely is what you delight in.  Do you delight this much in being in the presence of God?

God is good.  God is great.  He is our everything.  We can’t put Him in a box.  He is either our Lord or He is not.  We either make Him first and the most important thing in our life or He is not.  We seem to make time for those things in our life we care about even when we say we love God…yet when it comes to time and prayer He somehow fits on the back burner.  He should be our first thought each day, we should consult Him in all we do, and He should be our last thought each night.  You can’t make an appointment with God…He is right there just waiting for each of us to open the door and allow Him in.  He is not pushy.  He waits.  You give Him time and He will give you time.  God isn’t just an appointment He is our life.  He sustains our life.  Without Him we have nothing.  He doesn’t just want an occasional moment with you He wants to spend time with you each day.  Don’t just take a list of wants to Him but give Him your time.  Then be quiet and listen.  He has something to say as well.  Many of us go and give Him our lists…we hope up and go our way and no one took the time to listen.   Communication has two sides!

Cultivate a relationship with God.  Just as you learn anything in the world it takes time.  Babies are not born walking…they grow a bit and then walk.  Then they run and each new thing in their life is wonderful.  God is there every morning and every morning is a new day.  Oh, how He wants to spend time with us.  He is never too busy, never turns us away, and we can trust Him.  When everyone falls away, deserts us, turns their back on us, lets us down…look up.  God is still there!  Trust Him for no other love compares to His for you. 

God is good!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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