God’s Presence Is A Promise Over Me

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“Search for the LORD and his strength. Always seek his presence. (1 Chron 16:11, GW)

reminders of God's presence
reminders of God’s presence

NOTE: His strength. Figure of speech. “Strength” put for the Ark, which was the sign of the presence of Jehovah, and the symbol of His strength. Compare Psalms 105:4 with Psalms 132:8, and see note on 1 Chron 13:3 and Exodus 25:22.

The purpose of this message is to urge you to just put your hand in the Hand of God For His presence is all we really need. God’s presence is all we really need. God’s presence is far better than light. God’s presence is safer than a known way. God’s presence is all you really need. Today. And tomorrow. Jesus has said: “it is written; we cannot live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from God.” (Mat 4:4). And this should be why we, God’s people today, must be a people of The Book. Of One Book. And as we read the stories in the Bible; about some of the prophets, some of the heroes, and others, and their remarkable faith – it can be seen how God’s presence is all they ever needed too.

One of the ways I have become aware of God’s presence is through the book of Psalms. Psalms 23 & 46 for example, affirm the presence of God with the Psalmist, (with me” in Psalms 23:4, “with us” in Psalms 46:7, 11 and Psalms 73 affirms the presence of the Psalmist with God. (“with You’ in Psalms 73:23). By offering us the assurance of “God with us” these Psalms fully anticipate the Good News of Jesus Christ, who was also known as “Emmanual” or “God with us.” (Mat 1:23). Throughout Scripture, we can see that God’s presence is all we really need. No matter what’s going on. For God’s Personal Presence is better than light; and far safer than any known way.

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” (Isa 42:16, NIV)”Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light. Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the LORD’s wrath, until he pleads my case and upholds my cause. He will bring me out into the light; I will see his righteousness.” (Micah 7:8-9).

Even when I am sitting in darkness; Jesus will be my light. Jesus will lead me in a way that I have not known before. Because all I really need is God’s presence. Today and tomorrow. Jesus has said that “we cannot live by bread alone; but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Mat 4;4). And this should be why we, God’s people today, should be a people of the Book. Of One Book. As we read some of the wonderful stories in Scripture, about the heroes, prophets, and others, and their remarkable faith; it can be seen just how God’s presence was all they really needed too.

God’s Presence Is All That Abraham Needed.

“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 
“Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” 
Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 

“As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.” (Gen 17:1-7).

Here, God establishes a covenant with father Abraham. This “Abrahamic” Covenant is part of the covenant of everlasting grace. Unique to this covenant is how God says “I will be your God,” which is tantamount to Jesus saying: “I will be with you.” 

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Who is this God who speaks to Abraham at this specific time in the covenant? He is the Creator God. He is called in Scripture, many names. One of said names are El Shaddi. He is the Almighty God. He is the God of redemption in the Bible. He is also called elsewhere in Scripture “I am that I am.” He is called YVHV Elohim and YVHV says to Abraham here:

“I will be your God. I will be with you.”

And so Abraham discovered that the presence of God was all he really needed.

What were the circumstances with this covenant and Abraham? Well, Abraham was basically a foreigner in a strange land. He was surrounded by pagan and heathen races. Humanly speaking, Abraham was in a very precarious position. But Abraham had found out, just as we too may do so today, that with God’s presence, we need never be afraid. Because God’s presence is all we need. All the time.

I was talking with a friend earlier this week about God’s presence. They told me: “when I pray, I pray as if Jesus was right there beside me.” Now, I am wondering, how different might our prayers be if we too did that? How would my prayer sound if I really believed that Jesus was right there beside me the whole time I was praying?

The Story Of Jacob

“Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the LORD, and he said: “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” (Gen 28:10-16)

God was very clear here. He had told Jacob “I will never leave you until I have done all that I promised you.” (Gen 28:15).  And this is the promise held out for God’s people today. “I will not leave you until I have done all that I promised.” It may seem to us now that we face impossible odds. “How will we ever preach or live the gospel with all that is going on in our world today? But friends, when we make a complete mess of things, when we really go off the deep end and defy God, or avoid God because of some problems we have had with His people, God will never forsake us. God is a God of Grace. Jacob had hope in his heart, because he had the presence of God. And so once more, we see how God’s presence is all that we really need. God did promise His presence to Jacob before he went down into Egypt:

“And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, “Jacob! Jacob!” “Here I am,” he replied. “I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.” (Gen 46:2-4)

I am sure that when I say “all we need is God’s presence,” that some will chime in and say something like: “well you don’t know me nor understand my situation.” And in most cases I am sure they would be right. No. I don’t know them. I don’t understand their situation. But I do understand God’s presence. If you are struggling to know and experience the presence of God; fear not. For God’s Word promises that His presence is peace:

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isa 9:6)”…the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:26,27)

I remember years ago now, when I was badly burned in a house fire. It was my fault. I was on drugs and lit myself on fire accidentally. During the first year afterwards, I was in hospital much of the time. I did not feel God’s presence there at all. I reached a point where I wanted to give up and I remember threatening to the nurses at the time that I was going to kill myself if they did not do something aout the terrible pain I had from 50% of my body being burned. Eventually, they did get the pain under control. But I still felt abandoned. Still wondered “Where is God?”

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I remember too the day the nurse came into my room. I could see right away she was different from the other staff. She had a quality of goodness in her that really stood out from the others. I confided in her during the wee hours of the night, that I was very afraid. She took my hand and said in a quiet, strong voice: “I am going to stay here with you David, until you are not afraid.” And that was all I needed. I woke up the next morning to the nurse who was coming onto the day shift. But that night, I believe that I experienced the presence of God through the nurse. I had peace in my heart, and was not afraid for the first time in months. Because God’s presence was all I needed. While I was in hospital, the doctors were sure I was going to die. I was not in good shape. I had no light. I was filled with fear. All my “known ways” were as ropes of sand. And the only way that I survived was by God’s presence through someone elses hand. caring hands. Hands reaching out in love, and drowning out the fear. Because all I really needed was God’s presence. His presence at that time was better than light, and better than any previous known way.

“The Lord GOD has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned. He is near who justifies Me; Who will contend with Me? Let us stand together. Who is My adversary? Let him come near Me. “Who among you fears the LORD? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness And has no light? Let him trust in the name of the LORD And rely upon his God. (Isa 50:4,8,10).

We experience God’s presence through the hands and through the presence of others who offer us comfort and a listening ear.   

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” (Isa 42:16, NIV)”Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light. Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the LORD’s wrath, until he pleads my case and upholds my cause. He will bring me out into the light; I will see his righteousness.” (Micah 7:8-9).

The Shepherd image of Psalms 23 is one of the strongest indications of God’s presence I can think of. The Shepherd image as presented in Psalms 23:1-3 is continued into verse 4:

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalms 23:4).

God’s personal presence is apparent and sufficient in even this most life-threatening situation where death is at the door. In the “darkest valley” or “the valley of the shadow of death…” God says “I will be with you” even there. Because God’s presence is all we need. God’s presence is better than light. And God’s presence is safer than any known way. He will lead us in ways we cannot now imagine.

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