Psalm 51:17. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
• What throne can we build for God, what church building would be attractive enough to bring him down from heavens throne?
• How much stained glass, how high a steeple, how awesome a choir, and how great a preacher it would take to cause God to leave the splendour of heaven.
• Mankind has tried to build a throne room for God using man made tools while he seeks to be enthroned in our hearts.
• If he wanted a great building he would have rebuilt Solomon’s temple
• If God wanted great praise and worship he would have resurrected the Psalmist David
• If he wanted a great preacher he would resurrect the Apostle Paul.
• If he was seeking a throne would he settle for a manmade creation over heavens throne?
In truth he seeks ‘a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart’ all other offerings are strange fire, despised Cain offerings, and meagre man made half hearted offerings.
God’s presence was not found in the camp, it was found in a rag top tent which Moses built, it was found outside Abrahams childless tent of sorrow.
God was not found in Pharaoh’s palace it was found in Joseph’s pit of despair and a dark dungeon.
His presence was found at Jabok’s stream as he fought with broken Jacob. He came to fear-filled Gideon, a youthful Joshua, an elderly Caleb and a sinful broken King David.
Gods manifest presence was found by blind Bartimaeus on a dusty Jericho road not in the carpeted halls of Herod’s temple. It was found by a leper who doubted his will to heal him and by a throw away mad man in Gadarra.
His awesome miracle working presence was found among the 5000 hungry, it walked among the multitudes of broken, wounded sinners who sought him.
God preferred a stable more than a palace, a wooden cross more than a throne, a crown of thorns more than a crown of gold. He preferred an upper room more than an earthly palace.
Listen please, Bartimaeus caught God on the Jericho road, the woman with the issue of blood caught him as he hurried to help a distressed father.
Why then does he not turn up in our meetings? Why are we not seeing instead of just feeling his presence?
Why then no real miracles? Why no fire on the platform or weeping in the pews?
Can it be we have settled for dignity instead of Deity? Can it be that we have settled for a ‘bless me club’ instead of a ‘bless Him’ experience?
Can it be that we have settled for the fruit of his hands instead of the glory of his face?
Can it be that we have settled for the dying embers of yesterday’s flames rather than the raging consuming fire of his presence?
30 seconds in God presence changed murderous Saul into the greatest preacher who ever lived.
One look from Christ changed proud, denying, fearful Peter to a broken Apostle who was willing to die for his Lord.
One word changed mere men into disciples who changed the world for Christ.
So what then? Can we truly expect God to turn up when we are too proud to weep before him and to humble ourselves turn from our wicked ways and to seek his face?
He walks the world today seeking a broken and a contrite, crushed, wounded spirit to flow through, he seeks for dry tinder which he can set on fire, and for empty vessels that he can fill...
It’s his presence we need, it’s his glory that will forever change our lives, its God walking among us that should be our only desire, he the master we his servants.
So what now children of God? Are we hungry and thirsty for if we are he will fill us? Do we long for his presence more than his giving, can we say that he is truly all we need and all we will ever need? If so he will come...
If we walk the winepress he will walk with us, if we pray in Gethsemane he will send his angels to strengthen us, if we are wrongly judged he will judge us in righteousness.
If we are called to Calvary, then let us walk the streets of shame and bear our cross knowing that while weeping may last for a night but joy comes in the morning.
If the tomb awaits our flesh rejoice, for resurrection is just a few hours away.
Now is Gods day of visitation, lets not harden our hearts and end up in another wilderness, rather be broken by his presence, and raised by his power to a new life.