by Linda Veath
You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your Presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand. ~ Psalm 16:11 NIV
Because my women’s Bible study, as well as recent sermons, were about God’s presence in our lives, I couldn’t get my mind off the subject. I finally decided to explore commentaries, etc. so I could learn more.
The most common Hebrew word for presence is panim, which is also translated as face, implying a close and personal encounter with the Lord. To see God face to face is to enjoy a direct, clear sight of Him, not a reflection in the mirror, and that’s what we are looking for in the presence of God.
But how can we feel that presence? One way is through prayer, trusting in His hearing (and answering) those prayers. We open our hearts, praying that the fruit of His Spirit—peace, love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control—lives in us every day. God’s presence prepares a place for us where we can LISTEN to our Lord. Not that we can’t listen to Him in the noise of the world, but setting aside a time of pure silence helps bring God’s presence into our hearts and lives.
And there is so much more.
God promised Moses that His Presence would go with the children of Israel into and through the wilderness. The Bible tells us that God’s Presence is splendid, majestic, strong, joyous, glorious. David cried to God in Psalm 51 that He would not take His presence from him. We worship in the presence of our Lord with gladness and joyful songs. The Righteous praise His Holy Name. And we rejoice in the salvation God has given us through His Son.
The Word of God brings joy and thanksgiving in the presence of God. We grow as we listen, learn, and pray. We find strength to live the days God has prepared for us because every detail of our lives is precious to Him. He gives strength to the weary that we can do all things through Him Who strengthens us. God’s pure and perfect love surrounds us with a warm and secure feeling, And His Presence gives us PEACE.. always.
Lord God, may we live for You as joyful Christians, knowing Your Presence is a gift of salvation through Christ. Amen