Dwelling In The Presence (The Lord Is My Shepherd Part 10, Psalm 23:6)
by Minoli Haththotuwa
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Dwelling In The Presence
(The Lord Is My Shepherd Part 10, Psalm 23:6)
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”
This message is an invitation from the heart of the Shepherd as He calls His sheep to dwell in the fullness of His presence.
Although things got pretty bad for David, he constantly recognized the goodness and mercy of God in his life because he lived in the reality of God’s presence. He knew that God was his source and supply and that his blessing came from this place of overflowing. David never wanted to be parted from the presence of the Lord, so he said “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” In Psalm 84, David said “How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty, My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord.” He said: “One day in Your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere”. More than anything else,
David loved the presence of God and constantly longed for more. It was this Presence he loved which manifested through his life and brought him victory over Goliath and numerous other foes.
Dear friend, this world can be a lonely place when you walk through life without the Presence. As we approach the end of another year, I believe that the Lord is calling us into deeper levels of fellowship and oneness with Him. He is looking for friends who will connect to Him heart to heart and spirit to Spirit; people who desire to fellowship with Him as much as He desires to be with them. He is looking for hearts who are constantly tuned in to His voice, not just for the sake of ministry but to know Him better and hear the beating of His heart. The Holy Spirit longs to be known for who He is – the most awesome and wonderful companion and friend, the third person of the Trinity, and the infinite power of God, who has chosen to live with us and in us. He truly is God Emannuel and He is looking for a resting place!
There are many believers who do not seek more of the Holy Spirit because they have become content with where they are spiritually. There is nothing wrong with being content but God has so much more for you! Today, the voice of the Lord is calling you into the inner courts and into His secret chamber. Not everyone gets to enter in, only those who truly seek Him with all their hearts; those who are in love with the prince of peace. (1 Chronicles 28:9 & Jeremiah 29:13).
David’s need for God was so great that he confessed in Psalm 84 that his very flesh cried out for the presence of the Lord. His body felt the need for God as much as (maybe more than) the need for food or drink. God is calling us into a David-type reawakening and revival in this season, some of us back into our first love, where His presence was the most precious thing we knew. To others He gives an invitation to know His presence and to fall in love! The King of Love wants to put His ring on your finger and draw you deep into His heart. He is calling you into intimacy so you can hear His whispers and know His sweet embrace. Will you step in, dear friend? Will you draw nearer? Will you resolve to “dwell in the house of the Lord forever” and live daily in His presence? There is far more for you than you have been walking in, and Jesus calls you into that deeper place today. Just yield to the Holy Spirit and ask Him for a holy hunger. He is already ministering to your need!
I pray today that anything and everything that keeps you from the fullness of the presence of God will be removed from your life. May every distraction and disturbance be bound and cast out. May every lie of the enemy be broken off your mind and heart. May you draw nearer and ever nearer, and lose yourself in the endless love of Abba God, by the power of His Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ mighty name, amen!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 02 December 2013
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