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God’s Presence

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Reading: 2 Samuel 7: 1-14a

Verse 9: “I have been with you wherever you have gone”.

David has an idea to build a home for God. God’s first “residence” was a mobile tent that traveled around the desert for forty years. Once the Israelites crossed into the Promised Land and allocated areas for the tribes of Israel, they settled down and established themselves. Years and years later, David has this idea to build a permanent home for God. The ark still resides in the tent. A more proper home might be in order.

Mankind has always built places to worship. Some have been outdoors and very simple. Others have been huge, ornate buildings that took hundreds of years and lots of money and resources to complete. Once upon a time, church building was even a bit competitive in the western world. I don’t think David’s motivation was along these lines. I think that it was a feeling that God should have a permanent home.

The idea that God “lives” someplace on earth – and in just one place – seems a bit preposterous. Our God is the God of all people, places, and nations. The true “church” is the place where followers of Jesus Christ gather to offer praise and worship. It can be a circle of milk crates in an abandoned lot as easily as it can be in the grandest church ever built. As verse nine reads, “I have been with you wherever you have gone”.

This extends to us personally as well. We can each connect to our loving, personal God one-on-one. This too can be anytime, anyplace. As we go forth today, may we find the pleasure of being in God’s presence often. May we seek to worship God in many ways and in many places this day. Amen.

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One thought on “God’s Presence

  1. SO TRUE, GOD IS HERE WITH ME AS HE ACROSS THE STATE WITH YOU.
    MANY OLD PEOPLE IN MY BUILDING NO LONGER GO TO A CHURCH BUILDING TO HONOR
    AND WORSHIP GOD, DUE TO HEALTH REASON.
    AND GOD IS ALSO WITH EACH OF THEM.
    SOME NO LONGER ABLE TO READ THE BIBLE. EYES FAIL. MANY LISTEN TO THE TV FOR CHURCH.
    BUT ONE THING I LEARN YEARS AGO , AND HAS STAYED WITH ME IS ,
    NO PERSON, CAN SERVE BOTH GOD AND POSSESSIONS.

    WE LOVE THE PLACE , O GOD WHERE IN THINE HONOR DWELLS, THE JOY OF THINE ABODE ,
    ALL OTHER JOY EXCELS,

    I LOVE YOU GOD. AND I LOVE YOUR SON JESUS.
    WHEN MORNING GILDS THE SKIES , MY HEART AWAKING CRIES, MAY JESUS CHRIST BE PRAISE.
    AMEN

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