“Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name; The upright shall dwell in Your presence” (Psalm 140:13)
“Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore!” (Psalm 105:4)
Our reluctance in seeking God’s presence with Godly fear is the prime reason for our problems and lack of tranquility in our families. To keep off untoward confusions, as Proverbs 23:17 sets forth, it is essential that we be in the fear of the Lord all day long. His presence is thus sought with godly fear, our heavenly Father replenishes our families with joy! For God Himself has promised in 2 Corinthians 6:16 ‘"I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people". As we seek His presence everyday a take refuge in it, the most high God shall surely keep us away from all unfavorable situations and protect us (Psalm 91:1).
In the beginning, when God created the world, He walked in the cool of the day with Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, whom He created in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:8). Since they disobeyed God, they were afraid of Him and hid themselves of His presence.
Dearly beloved, how joyful would it be to stay in His presence! But the thing is, only the ones who please God shall enjoy God’s presence. The most delightful thing for the Lord is to dwell in us, His children! The true Christian life is nothing but abiding in God just as how the branch abides with the vine (John 15:4,5). Yes, He shall grant His chosen ones, with the glorious experience and the privilege of abiding with Him. He is ‘enthroned in praises’ (Psalm 22:3). As we count our blessings one by one and give thanks, His mighty presence enfolds our lives.Let us look into the benefits we inherit in His presence:God Grants Rest"My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."
(Exodus 33:14)"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest’
Through the verses above, God promises rest to the ones much burdened and afflicted. God and God alone could grant us such divine rest, as we seek His presence.
The Lord as well promises in Isaiah 45:2 'I will go before you And make the crooked places straight’.
Yes, He will set every crooked place in our life straight!
Isaiah 45:2 talks about Hannah and her affliction. We see her seeking God’s presence and pouring her soul out to the Lord. She relied on the presence of the Lord for her rest. Just as she did so, The Bible says in I Samuel 1:18 that her face was no longer sad. The Lord shall requite you with His goodness and mercy more than you could ever think (Ephesians 3:20) according to the verse, ‘my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus’(Philippians 4:19).When Brother Dhinakaran was in his mother’s womb, his mother went to the church and dedicated him to the Lord saying, “ if you bless me with a boy, I‘ll give him back to you to be used as a prophet”. Just as she had pleaded, the Lord gave her a boy. But when he was about 1 and a half, he was diagnosed with polio and his foot appeared slightly deformed. Again, his mother took him to the church and cried out to the Lord. God,upon hearing her prayers, granted him complete healing! As that dear mother poured out her heart in the presence of the Lord, He made her son walk and granted her rest. Through that same little boy, did the Lord grant strength and rest to millions around the globe.
The Lord said to Martha, who was full of worries and burden, ‘"Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." (Luke 10:40, 41). "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, saying, ‘ What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble’ (Matthew 6:31,34). The only thing expected of us is that, unlike Martha, we are supposed to choose the good part by sitting at His feet like Mary.
Doesn’t the Bible clearly say,“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”
(Matthew 6:33)“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”
As Apostle Paul says, as we run into His presence, He shall deliver us from all the afflictions, sorrows and tears that assail our lives. He shall carry our burdens and curses. Shall grant us His rest and make us glad.God, who hides and protects us:“He who dwells in the secret place of the Highest Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty”
(Psalm 91:1)How does God hide and protect us?‘As an eagle stirs up its nest, Hovers over its young, Spreading out its wings, taking them up,Carrying them on its wings, So the LORD alone led him...’
(Deuteronomy 32:11,12; Isaiah 31:5)
As we wait for God’s presence to enfold us everyday, He shall hide us in His divine shadow and protect us. The Most High God and the One who created the whole universe is our shadow! He spreads out His wings and covers us as we seek His presence with reverence.“Oh, how great is Your goodness, Which You have laid up for those who fear You, Which You have prepared for those who trust in You In the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence...You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion”
According to these verses, He hides us, who seek His presence,under the cover of His wings and protects us.
On several occasions in King David’s life, we see him being forsaken by everyone. Once he was even in a pitiable state where he had to disguise himself as an in sane man. Once, the Amalekites took David’s entire family as captives. They even burnt down Ziklag, where David and his people lived., David was greatly distressed. His people thought of stoning him as their souls were against him. Yet David ‘strengthened him self in the Lord’. As God’s presence was with him, God helped him defeat the Amalekites and recover everything (I Samuel 30:1-19).“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You Because he trusts in You”
According to this verse, when we hold on to Him firmly like David, He would guard us and keep us in peace.A man of God had great trust in the Lord and held on to Him firmly. As a family, they were very keen on praising the Lord and serving Him. Joy and peace perpetually prevailed over their family. Their neighbor who took note of this happy family turned envious and wanted to destroy them. He sought the help of a sorcerer. Paid him a huge some to ruin the family. But nothing worked out! The neighbor was simply furious! He yelled and asked the sorcerer what was wrong. To which the sorcerer replied “I did send several evil spirits against the family but nothing happened as a wall of fire surrounds them. I could not do anything”.
What a wonder! As we seek God’s presence everyday with thirst, He hides us from the devil, the sorcery, and protects us. “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock” (Psalm 27:5).God fills us with eternal Pleasures“....In Your presence is the fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore
” (Psalm 16:11)
Says David, having enjoyed the fullness of joy in his life. As we read II Samuel 6:21, we see David dancing in the presence of the Lord, who had chosen him to be the leader of His people. We as well read that he was rejoicing with the pleasure of His presence! Then as he returned to bless his household, Michal the daughter of Saul, came out to meet him and mocked him. She said, "How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!" She had no children until the day of her death. We read that God had shut her womb
(II Samuel 6:20-23).
Dear Sisters in Christ, if God is using your husband or someone in your family for His ministry, try helping them as much as possible. Pray for them earnestly. Consider them vessels of honor and honor them. This pleases God! On the other hand, if we do otherwise its Michal’s situation that we shall be put into.In the initial days of the ministry, the Lord used my husband mightily. Although I wasn’t much involved in it, I helped him in all possible ways. Exactly ten years after our marriage, my husband had a severe lung issue and was nearing death. The doctors who treated him told me that Both his lungs were failing and his life span would be pretty short. Even my husband said, “My condition is getting worse. I couldn’t sleep at night or day. I don’t think I would live”. My children were little. I did not know what to do. I simply ran to the presence of the Lord, knelt and cried. The Holy Spirit, the comforter spoke to me and said, ‘my daughter, why are you worried? In 1963, as you were anointed, I promised you that I will use your husband mightily. That day has not yet arrived. It is certain that I would revive him and use him”. That’s all I ever needed! I became bold as a lion! The joy of God’s presence filled me! With abundant faith in the Lord, I began praising Him. On the other hand, my husband‘s condition remained the same. However, I never stopped praising and waited in His presence patiently with faith. What a wonder! One day I saw my husband, who could not kneel down till then, kneeling down and praying. The Lord gave him a new life! The Lord rose him! The ever faithful God kept His promise and used my husband mightily Till he entered into glory on February the 20th, 2008. Millions all over the world were blessed by his compassionate and tear-filled prayers.
My dear ones, what a wonderful Lord we have! He will make you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory (I Peter 1:8). Open your mouth wide in the presence of the Lord and offer praises and thanksgiving to Him. Then He will fill you with the joy of the Holy Spirit. Seek the presence of God every day. Get filled with the Holy Spirit. Divine love would flow inyou (Romans 5:5). The blessings of Lord would come upon you. No weapon formed against you will prosper (Isaiah 54:17). The Lord will fight for you. He, who lifted up David, the poor and the humble would remember you and lift you up. He will grant you rest. He will keep you as the apple of His eye (Zechariah 2:5,8). He will fill you with the pleasure of His presence and make you rejoice.