1 Chronicles 16:27 “Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.”
Where else can we be full of glory and honour if not in the presence of God, and where else can we be full of strength and gladness if not in His dwelling place? In His presence, we come in contact with glory, honour, strength and gladness.
As believers, our Heart desire should be that we are carriers of His presence. The presence of the Lord is our preservation. We must be careful not to ever lose that presence. So many things are in His presence that will make our lives glorious.
There are two expressions of His presence;
1. When we gather to worship Him or to call on His name, He will come and be with us as the scripture has said, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20. So when we gather to pray or worship God, He visits us and comes into our midst with all of His presence to do something very important. Then and there, some have encounters with Him and their prayers and request are answered. But, that usually ends there. The presence leaves again and we crave for that presence again and again.
2. Here, the presence is not just a one time feeling, it is His presence abiding in us or we abiding in His presence. God dwells in us, and we also dwell in Him. We become permanent carriers of His presence, and to everywhere we go, in line with His commandments, He goes with us. Such was what the Jesus described in John 14:23 saying “… If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
This type of presence requires that we fulfil a demand. And the demands are highlighted below;
1. If a man love me…. The number one thing that commands and commends us for His presence is our love for Him. We are required to love God with all our hearts, our soul and our might. Why is love important? In love, trust is established. In love, there is confidence of trust. No one can commit his life to someone who he/she doesn’t love and through love, he/she can trust that person with his life. Such is this relationship too. God first loved us and we are expected to love him in return. Scriptures says, “He has shed His love abroad in our hearts…” and remember, because He first loved us, we also love Him in return. And this love must exceed just demanding things from Him. It must be like the love of the three Hebrew guys in Babylon who defiled all to express relentless love for God in spite of the death threat. This kind of love was responsible for the son of God appearing in the fiery furnace. They were carriers of His presence.
2. …he will keep my words…. We are also required to keep His words. Like we motioned earlier, love develops trust. But this is usually achieved if one can obey or keep the words of the person who he/she loves. The words of that person must be precious to you that you don’t want to lose it. To keep means to preserve, or to ensure obedience. Either ways, you are expected as a lover to keep His words unto obedience and unto preservation.
And if these two conditions are met, He will come and abide with you. That’s God’s presence upon your life. We cannot be carriers of His presence if we do not love Him and keep His words. At most, we will just encounter His presence once in a while in our church services (if permitted), or at special prayer times, none of which is sufficient for us as believers. To experience Glory, Honour, Strength, and Gladness (Joy), we must be carriers of His very presence. And that’s what He’s called us to be, carriers of His presence.
God bless you with His manifold presence and your life will be full of Glory, Honour, Strength and Gladness. That’s what David was praying for when he said, “One thing have I desired of the Lord , that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord , and to enquire in his temple.” Ps. 27:4. Keep seeking His presence, and all these will be yours. God bless you.