Thursday 17 October, 2019
Dwelling in the presence of the Lord
“One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I ask: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and seek him in his temple” (Psalm 27:4)
I have always wondered why David has been referred to as a ‘friend of God’ until I took some time to read his story and psalms. Despite his mortal weaknesses, David had very unique quest for God, and an unwavering confidence in God. He desired to dwell in the Holy presence of God. He confidently trusted at all times. As we read in Psalm 27:4, David desired for and prayed to be in the presence of God than for material prosperity.
In those days, the House of the LORD (the temple) contained the Ark of presence. In our dispensation, the temple of God is no longer a house made by human hands; it is our bodies fashioned by God (1 Corinthians 6:19). Our bodies are temples of God, the Holy Spirit dwells in us.
“David knew there was beauty in the nature and presence of God, beauty that could be perceived by the seeking eye of faith. He could think of no greater occupation than to fill his mind and heart with the goodness and greatness of God” (David Guzik).
The presence and beauty of the glorious God which David desired to behold is now resident in all those who have been redeemed by the Cross. The more we desire and long for the presence of God in us, the more the dwelling of God in us is manifested and the more we shall dwell in the presence of God. David is as human as we are, we too can become friends of God. There is nothing that draws a man close to God than the desire to dwell in the presence of God.
Prayer: Dear Lord God, strengthen my faint desire to dwell in thy presence that I may behold your beauty and be thy friend forever. Amen!
Rev. Julius I. Tabi is a Dean of Students’ Affairs at Uganda Christian University Arua Campus. He is an ordained minister in the Anglican Diocese of Ma’di and West Nile (Church of Uganda) and serves as chaplain at Ushindi Secondary School in Arua. Julius is a student of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Theology of Uganda Christian University. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at MF Norwegian School of Theology. Prior to his pastoral training, Julius trained as a high school Biology and Chemistry teacher. You may reach him by completing the form below.