Psalm 139:7-12. The closer we walk with the Lord, the more special His omnipresence (His presence everywhere) becomes. There are times when we feel very much alone, but in fact, we are never alone. It does not matter what the circumstances are, we are never alone.
What is it that makes the difference between knowing the presence of the Lord and sensing a distance between me and Him? In times when the Lord feels distance to me, I have allowed either coldness of heart or circumstances to stand between us. When sin is allowed to linger unconfessed and unforgiven in my heart, this becomes ‘darkness’ to my soul and I do not sense the Lord’s presence.
When I make my personal agenda more important than His, I go about my daily routine and leave the Lord out of my plans. Though He is there, I do not allow Him to have a say in my affairs. I do not sense the Spirit prompting my heart to give the proper honor and room for my Lord. When self-will takes the place of His will, I may even attempt to run from His presence because the Spirit is bringing conviction of sin. David proposes four extreme situations with the words, “If I…” and in each one, the Lord is still there. He waits for me to repent and return to the sweet fellowship He designed me to have with Him.
Physical conditions never alter the reality of His presence. It is only when I allow them to become bigger in my mind that He is hidden from me. What is the solution to these bents in our lives? “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands…purify your hearts” (James 4:8). Now in order to restore the presence of God in my life, I must start moving back toward Him because He has never moved away from me. His drawing near to me is only because in my wanting Him, I begin to sense His presence that was always there.
A very important part of this restoration process is repentance; “cleanse your hands…purify your hearts.” Remove the sins that result in not knowing His presence – yes, sin obscures our sense of God’s presence. John puts it this way; “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). Fellowship is first restored with the Lord, and then is extended to those around us.
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