1 Chronicles 13.6 And David went up, and all Israel, to Baalah, that is, to Kirjathjearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up thence the ark of God the Lord, that dwelleth between the cherubims, whose name is called on it.

David was the man after God’s own heart. Certainly not sinless, and far from perfect, but a man who had a heart for The Lord nonetheless. In seeking to bring the ark to His proper place, David was essentially longing for the presence of God. In the Old Testament, the ark represented the presence of God. Particularly the cover of the ark, or the mercy seat that dwelt between the two cherubims.

Is that your desire this morning, dear ones? Is your reading and prayer time a desire to really encounter the presence of The Lord? Or has it become a mechanical and “the right thing to do.” Yes, we need the discipline of reading Scripture and prayer when we do not feel like doing either. But, we should not be content with that being our normal experience. Now that Christ has come and fulfilled all of the holy and righteous requirements of God for our sin, we can experience the presence of God anywhere and everywhere. In Him we live, and move, and have our being. Let that truth sink into your soul, beloved. Right where you are, you can experience what David longed for. Psalm 139 tells us that the presence of God is unavoidable. But I also see in Scripture that I must long for His presence.

Let us not be content with a theological knowledge of the presence of God. Let us experience the presence of God today! May God open the eyes of our hearts to see, hear and breathe in the Presence of Christ. In His presence there is fulness of joy. In His presence there is peace and strength. Grant each reader Your presence today Father, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.