Sunday 12/8/13 Pastor Michael sermon The Urgency of His PresenceóItís a Necessity!! II Samuel 6:1-11
The environment a person lives in or works in is often linked to a personís health. The environment is often under rated. Having an environment of Peace is necessary. Being in a place of peace is more appreciated after someone has been in an environment with no peace. The older we get, the less drama we want! Peace is a necessity. We can have a beautiful home but if no peace is in it, we cannot appreciate it. No matter how ideal the house or the job is, if there is no peace, we canít appreciate it. Environments of peace are important. Living in constant stress with no peace affects our health! When dealing with ďDramaĒ people, we may need to let them go. We are living in a drama-free space and we should tell them donít bring drama to us!
In our text, David has come into his kingship, his wealth and prosperity. David had all this but didnít have the presence of God, the Holy Ark with him. He knew he couldnít enjoy his new status without Godís presence because with Godís presence comes Peace, Joy and Victory. David called for the presence of God, the Ark, to be brought back to Bethlehem. The Ark was a piece of wood that represented the Law, the Covenant of God. David wanted the Ark back because he wanted to show honor, honor for Godís presence. He chose 30,000 warriors, chosen men, to get the Ark back. They were fighters and they were worshipers. Sometimes you have to fight for Godís presence and you worship Him. 30,000 men were to lead the worship of God.
If not for the grace of God, we would not be here! All men need to worship God and to enter into his courts with thanksgiving. God is the reason that the men in here today are where they are today! Real men need to know how to worship God! Women like and are attracted to men who know how to worship God.
MenÖ Praise is where Godís presence is! Men should lead worship!
David was a great, great warrior but he was the greatest worshipper! David danced in the street when the Ark was brought back into the city. David danced out of his clothes because he was so happy that the presence of God was back! Obedience invokes Godís presence. The Ark was back, Godís presence was back! Praise the Lord! Men need to get into Godís presence and ask for Godís help. Woman and men need Godís presence. We need to long for and have urgency for Godís presence. Donít be ashamed to be known as a worshipper! We can do all things thru Christ that strengthens us! The enemy attacks worshippers because worshippers invoke Godís presence! Somebody give God Glory! Hallelujah! Godís presence is more important than a job, a home, a man or a woman!
In the text, as they were moving the Ark on the cart, it shook and Uzzah touched it to steady it. The Ark was never supposed to be on a cart anyway. God had instructed the Ark to be moved on the shoulders of the priests. They did it their way and Uzzah was killed by God for touching the Ark. We must walk in total obedience to the way God said to do it in his Word. Doing it our way wonít work.
Disobedience is what got Uzzah killed! David and his men got scared after Uzzah was killed, so they left the Ark at Obed-edomís house. In the next three months, Obed-edomís house got blessed with the Ark being there. This is because the presence of God was in his house. People, we too can be blessed if we have the presence of God in our house and with us at all times. We need to worship God and keep in His presence. This will give us Peace to our soul, Peace to our home and Peace to our life. Thank you Lord!