Thursday, December 08, 2011

Presence of God

 1Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.
 2As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
 3But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.
 4Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.

Presence of God

David begins Psalm 68 with an illustration that would be very familiar to him.
Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.
I always marveled at the way my children would react when Daddy came home. They were so delighted to see him, and the improvement in their behavior was amazing! I sometimes wonder how differently we might act and think as Christians if we really lived as though the Lord Jesus walked right beside us. We know He is there, but how easily we forget His presence in the middle of the daily activities of life.

The Israelites were frightened by the presence of God; even Moses' shining face resulting from His contact with God made them uneasy. However, for the righteous, the presence of God is a wondrous thing. We rejoice in His awesome power and might, and are cloaked in peace when surrounded with His perfect righteousness.

That is not so for the ungodly. Being in the presence of God brings their every evil deed to the forefront. No matter how comfortable they may be in their sin, all comfort flies away when the light of God reveals every wayward thought. Except for the righteousness of Christ which He miraculously imputes to us, we would experience the same thing.

We are comfortable in this world of darkness, but when the new day appears and the effects of sin are removed, oh what a wondrous world that will be. It is truly beyond our imagination. No wonder David, as he pondered the righteousness of God, proclaimed:
Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.
God Bless You,
Linda


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