THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016
Key Bible Verse: “For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty Saviour. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
Dig Deeper: Philippians 4:4-9
God has promised to be with us in a unique way on different occasions. His presence is especially promised to the church, which is “a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” (Eph. 2:22, ESV et al.). God is with us to speak in power when his Word is preached (1 Cor. 2:4). [When] we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, the risen Saviour is present with us through faith as we remember his work of reconciliation, [and are] freshly strengthened in our union with him and with each other (1 Cor. 11:27-32).
Sometimes we’re aware of God’s promised presence, sometimes not. But trusting he’s with us will produce specific results. We’ll be comforted by his nearness. We’ll be covered by his awareness of all we’re doing. We’ll gain confidence in the midst of trying circumstances.
There are times, of course, when we become unexpectedly aware of the Lord’s presence in an intense way. A sudden wave of peace comes over us. An irrepressible joy rises up from the depths of our soul. We experience the sweet sting of the Holy Spirit’s conviction. In those moments, has God’s presence come down to us? Have we been led into God’s presence? No. God was present from the beginning. We’ve just become more aware of it.
– Bob Kauflin in True Worshipers
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