“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.” (Psalm133:1–3)
God’s presence, symbolized by the worship place at Zion, unifies His people and provides blessing. Congregational prayer can praise God for His presence by exclaiming over its good results.
Although not always attained in reality, the ideal family relationship is that of oneness of purpose and action. This is true not only for the immediate family, but also for the family of God.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, Your presence may not always be felt, but we know that whenever we come into a covenant agreement and include seeking Your blessing, that You are there with us. We love You, Abba, and seek to always feel You near us, but more importantly, we seek to walk in Your Light; thus, we are never walking alone. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“We may set the sail, but it is God who makes and directs the wind.”
“Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord.” (Genesis19:27)
One of the most common misconceptions of God is that He is a God of Love and mercy. God attempts in His grace to achieve positive results, and holds His wrath to bring people to repentance, faith, and responsible actions. Lot realized his sinful acts and turned back to God. God told him to leave, but Lot sought His mercy and allowing Him to hold back His wrath until he could get to a closer little community and God agreed.
In the midst of Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot appealed to God while he was in His presence. The day before, Abraham had stood with the Lord, appealing with Him in His Grace, that if a certain number or righteous were found, if he would spare them and he continue lowing the numbers of righteous, to try and save all, if possible. The next morning, Abraham walked and stood where he had with the Lord and he was conscious that God knew all his actions. The term, “Before the Lord” is frequently used of persons acting in the “consciousness of God’s presence” their lives.
“But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord.” (Exodus34:8-10:34-35
Prayer brings us into God’s presence and changes our lives. Moses’ closeness to God brought a radiance the people could not bear. Nothing should veil us when we are in God’s presence. Understand?
Second Thought of the Day:
“The two of them made a covenant before the Lord. Then Jonathan went home, but David remained at Horesh. And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself.” (1st Samuel23:18; 18:18)
The covenant had been made in earlier between Jonathan and David. David had learned that Saul was seeking to kill him and was searching the countryside, in pursuit of David.
David was God’s chosen, as Saul had become jealous of David’s popularity in the kingdom and it grew like a cancer within him to the point, that he felt he had to kill David, before David killed him. In truth, David had pledged himself to Saul, but the jealousy grew to the point, that Saul could no longer think as he had been able to. The second meeting between Jonathan and David, we in God’s presence, to affirm their covenant. Jonathan committed himself to David and not to his father, Saul.