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God’s Glorious Presence

MEDITATION:

Written by Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby, contemporary authors (father and son) and leaders at Blackaby Ministries International.  This is an excerpt from their book “Experiencing God.”

The glory of the Lord is His presence. When God occupies a place, His glory is unmistakably evident! God has high standards for where He will make His presence known. He does not respond to our whims or come on our terms. Solomon longed for God’s presence to be obvious in the temple that he had painstakingly built for Him. Solomon had spared no expense or effort in building this magnificent temple as a house for the Lord. Yet he understood that constructing a spectacular building was no guarantee that God would choose to inhabit that place. So Solomon prepared himself and the people in the hope that God would look upon them with favor. The priestly choir sang and played instruments in reverent praise to God. The priests sacrificed so many animals on the altar that they could not count them. Solomon prayed, and when he finished, fire came down from heaven and consumed their offering. The glory of the Lord filled the temple! God’s glory was so overpowering in Solomon’s temple that the priests could not carry on their normal activities.

There is no mistaking when God inhabits a place. God’s glorious presence fills a place, and it is impossible to carry on business as usual! The New Testament teaches that our lives are temples because Christ abides in us (1 Cor. 3:16). We cannot assume by this that our lives are pleasing to Him. Like Solomon, we must thoroughly prepare ourselves so that God will choose to reveal His presence in our lives. When He does, there will be no doubt that it is God!

PRAYER:

Written by Luci Shaw, a contemporary American writer of poetry and essays.

Oh, my Lord, I long to be fruitful, to know myself growing in likeness to you. Often, I feel sterile, not fertile. I need your loving water, the sun of your blessing, the wind of your Spirit, the grace of your presence. I year to recognize your likeness in my mirror, a reflection that will come only from the daily awareness of “God with me.” Amen.

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