Today you should read: 1 Chronicles 16
Rejoicing In The Presence Of God …
It’s always fun to have people in our home. Although I feel I am a decent mixture of an introvert and extrovert, there is a special joy of having people present in our home. I’m thankful for them, I am energized by them, it takes my eyes of myself, and so much more. There’s something about another’s presence that brings joy.
We see this definitely to be true in our chapter today. 1 Chronicles 16 is an expansion (as is most of 1 and 2 chronicles), and specifically here, it is an expansion of 2 Sam 6:17-20. This is the story of the Ark of the Covenant settling in Jerusalem.
The ark represented the presence of God. It was a place where God spoke revealed His will to His servants, a place where the High Priest made atonement for the sins of the people, and it distinctly set God’s people apart for their relation to God. THEY were His people. And all of this made the people rejoice. They worshiped and rejoiced at the presence of the One … True … God.
This chapter is made up of mostly song and a picture of worship. David and the people thought highly of the fact that God was with them. It was a big deal.
And this makes me wonder, do we consider the presence of God a big deal? We literally walk around with the God of the universe inside of us. His spirit is with us always. Not only this, but Jesus is ever interceding for us. God hears our prayers at all times. This is truly amazing. He is with us. We are distinctly His people. He has atoned for our sin and we have access to the Jesus, who sits on heaven’s mercy seat, at all times. In Him we find all power, and everything we need to live joyful and holy lives.
This should bring about worship, and joy, and praise, and consistent prayer, and dependency, and trust, and holiness in our daily lives. Just as David and the people rejoiced, so we should daily remember, rejoice in, and reach out to the presence of God in our lives! Praise God, He is with us!
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione