PRESENCE

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Being with God

  • Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. Psalm 84:10 NIV
  • 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. Psalm 27:4 NKJV

Seek to be in God's Presence

  • Seek and deeply long for His face and His presence continually. Psalm 105:4 AMP
  • When You said, “Seek My face [in prayer, require My presence as your greatest need],” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD, I will seek [on the authority of Your word].” Psalm 27:8 AMP
  • The upright will dwell in Your presence. Psalm 140:13 NASB

God invites and expects us to dwell in His Presence.

How do you Experience GOD's Presence?

In other words, when one worships God with all their heart, God’s Presence appears i.e. one has an Encounter with God.

Linger in GOD's Presence

  • And so the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, his attendant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent. Exodus 33:11 AMP
  • Do not be in a hurry to leave the king’s presence. Ecclesiastes 8:3 NIV
  • Now the LORD said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and stay there, and I will give you the stone tablets with the law and the commandments which I have written for their instruction.” Exodus 24:12 AMP

People who sought GOD's Presence actively

  • Joshua: Thus the LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young assistant Joshua son of Nun would not leave the tent. Exodus 33:11 BSB
  • David: When You said, “Seek My face [in prayer, require My presence as your greatest need],” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD, I will seek [on the authority of Your word].” Psalm 27:8 AMP

Become a Carrier of GOD's Prence

  • Jesus answered, “If anyone [really] loves Me, he will keep My word (teaching); and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our dwelling place with himJohn 14:23 AMP
  • And when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the
    Testimony in his hands, he was unaware that his face had become radiant
    from speaking with the LORD. Exodus 34:29 BSB
Regarding Moses, the above verse was after

  • He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 NKJV

Things that happen in God's Presence

1. Deliverance

  • Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him For the saving acts of His Presence. Psalm 42:5 NASB
Example

  • About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly a strong earthquake shook the foundations of the prison. At once all the doors flew open and everyone’s chains came looseActs 16:25-26 BSB

2. Protection

  • He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. Psalm 91:1 AMPC

3. Answers

  • 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. Psalm 27:4 NKJV

4. GOD Speaks

  • Then Moses went up to the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory and brilliance of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day God called to Moses from the midst of the cloud. Exodus 24:15-16 AMP

5. Blessings

  • the ark of God remained with the family of Obed-edom in his house three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obed-edom and all that he had. 1 Chronicles 13:14 AMP
  • For You meet him3 with blessings of good things Psalm 21:3 AMP

6. Joy

7. Life & Acceleration

  • the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to the children of Israel, and get from them a rod from each father’s house, all their leaders according to their fathers’ houses—twelve rods. Write each man’s name on his rod. And you shall write Aaron’s name on the rod of Levi. For there shall be one rod for the head of each father’s house. Then you shall place them in the tabernacle of meeting before the Testimony, where I meet with you. And it shall be that the rod of the man whom I choose will blossom … Now on the next day Moses went into the Tent of the Testimony, and the rod of Aaron of the tribe of Levi had sprouted and put out buds and produced blossoms and yielded [ripe] almonds. Numbers 17:1-5 NKJV & 17:8 AMP

8. Clear Instruction

  • Now the LORD said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and stay there, and I will give you the stone tablets with the Law and the commandments which I have written for their instruction.” … When I went up to the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant which the Lord made with you, then I remained on the mountain for forty days and nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water. The Lord gave me the two tablets of stone written by the finger of God; and on them were all the words which the Lord had spoken with you at the mountain from the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly. It came about at the end of forty days and nights that the Lord gave me the two tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenantExodus 24:12 NASB & Deuteronomy 9:9-11 NASB

People who dwelt in/had GOD's Presence

Moses

  • Moses: He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 NKJV
  • David: Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:11 KJV

See also

  • Gideon: And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him, and said to him, “The LORD is with youa, you mighty man of valor!” Judges 6:12 NKJV

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Don't let God's Presence leave you

  • Saul: Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented and terrified him. 1 Samuel 16:14 AMP
  • Hezekiah: Even in the matter of the messengers of the rulers of Babylon, who were sent to him to inquire about the wonder that had happened in the land; God left him alone only to test him, so that He might know everything that was in his heart. 2 Chronicles 32:31 NASB
  • David: Cast me not away from Thy Presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Psalm 51:11 KJV

Footnotes

  1. 04672 מצא [mâtsâ'] \maw-tsaw'\ A primitive root; properly to come forth {to} that {is} appear or
    exist; transitively to {attain} that {is} find or acquire; figuratively
    to {occur} meet or be present: - + be {able} {befall} {being} {catch} X
    certainly (cause to) come ({on} {to} to {hand}) {deliver} be enough
    (cause to) find ({-ing} {occasion} {out}) get (hold {upon}) X have
    ({here}) be {here} {hit} be {left} light (up-) {on} meet ({with}) X
    occasion {serve} (be) {present} {ready} {speed} {suffice} take hold on 
  2. 01875 דּרשׁ [dârash] \daw-rash'\ A primitive root; properly to tread or frequent; usually to follow (for pursuit or search); by implication to seek or ask; specifically to worship:
    - {ask} X at {all} care {for} X {diligently} {inquire} make
    {inquisition} [necro-] {mancer} {question} {require} {search} seek
    {[for} {out]} X surely. 
  3. Normally, one takes gifts to give when going to meet someone important. On the contrary, when GOD meets us, He gives us blessings.
  4. 8057 שׂמחה [ώimchâh] \sim-khaw'\ From 8056; blithesomeness or {glee} (religious or festival): - X exceeding ({-ly}) {gladness} joy ({-fulness}) {mirth} {pleasure} rejoice (-ing).