Inhabiting the Presence of God
“But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” (Psalm 22:3, KJV).
To build a good relationship with God is a top priority for anyone who believes in God; everyone should treat this as the most important task and as their major life assignment. How is Your Relationship with God?
If we wish to pursue God’s commendation and serve God’s will, only through having a relationship with God can these things be achieved. It’s quite amazing to think that God, in all his fullness, inhabits and dwells in our praises of him. In fact, our praises are irresistible to God. So much so that as soon as he hears us call His name, He is ready to answer us.
The idea behind God inhabiting the praise of His people could be that God’s throne—His dwelling place— was originally the tabernacle, the place where praise was continually offered to Him by His angels, but now, God comes down to inhabit our own praise of Him.
How can we inhabit the presence of God?
- Through Worship- When we worship, we invite God’s presence into our lives.
- Come Clean with Him- Sometimes you can’t sense God’s presence because there’s something blocking the communication between the two of you.
- Read the Scriptures
- Be steadfast in prayer
Worship as a Means of Inhabiting God’s Presence
If we intend to inhabit the presence of God, we must also learn to worship him in the good times and the bad — when we’re waiting for God’s merciful touch in our circumstances and when we’re standing in awe of His power at work around us.
Worship invites God’s presence, enabling us to experience God in his full dimension of glory.
We are instructed to abide in God, which means that we should live and move to worship His name. The word abide carries with it a sense of habitation; we are commanded to live in the presence of God.
However, God is equally present in us and desires to live within our hearts in the same way. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For Yahweh is good, and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations” (Psalm. 100:4–5).
What can stop us from inhabiting the presence of God?
It’s quite simple actually. The biggest hindrance to us inhabiting the presence of God is sin. Sin causes separation and creates distance between man and God but God, in His infinite wisdom and grace, created a plan for man to be restored in relationship with Him through mercy.
Conclusively, God deeply desires a personal relationship with each one of us, and He is at work around us at all times. He desires to fellowship and communicate with each of us. Our worship provides a place of meeting with God.
As we focus our time and attention on the Lord in worship, proclaim His place of honour in our lives, and thank and praise Him for His eternal promises, He will intervene in our circumstances. God has promised to inhabit our worship, and He will. And when he is present in our lives, all things are possible!
Brethren, God still inhabits the praises of His people. No matter what our circumstances are, we know that God is holy and does all things right. We can worship the Lord even in our distress.
The strength and will, needed to inhabit the presence of God will be your portion.