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Davidís understanding of the power of Godís presence is illustrated by the way he phrases his question.
David understood that living with the realization of Godís presence in my life has the power to ...
A. Provide me with a sense of direction in life - v. la
The word for "sanctuary" literally means "tent," and refers to the tent that David pitched for the ark of the covenant to be placed in.
A tent is a symbol for something transient and temporary. A tent is easily struck, it is a moveable house, the very symbol of pilgrimage in the Old Testament. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob lived in tents although they were wealthy men and could easily have built palaces to live in instead. They were content, however, to live in tents, so that they might be ready to move in a momentís notice at the call of God.
Likewise, we must realize that our lives are transient and temporary. If we are going to make the most of the time we have in this life, we must pursue Godís presence, knowing that as we do, we will have His guidance and direction. Living daily with an awareness of the presence of God provides us with a sense of direction in our pilgrimage on earth.
B. Provide me with a sense of security in life - v. 1b
A hill is a symbol for something permanent. Indeed, Davidís desire was not for the ark of the covenant to be kept forever in a tent. He wanted to eventually house the ark in a temple on mount Moriah.
In speaking of the "holy hill" of God, David was referring to the fact that living daily with an awareness of Godís presence in my life provides me with a sense of security concerning my one day being with the Lord in heaven.
Living my life with a daily awareness of Godís presence allows me to be directed in my pilgrimage today here on earth and to be secure in my expectation of being with God one day in heaven.
Well, how can I live with a daily awareness of Godís presence? Letís note what David tells us here about the characteristics of one who persists in the presence of God.
1. His Walk - v. 2a
If one is going to daily dwell in the Lordís presence, his walk must be "blameless." The background of the word used here for "blameless" is most interesting. If an Old Testament worshipper wanted to bring a special burnt offering to God, he would find a full-grown ram, one of his prize breeding stock, the very best in his flock, to offer. He would run his hand and eye over it to make sure that it had no hidden blemish. He would take it to the priest, who would also give it a careful examination. The ram would then be slain and the priest would expose all of its inward parts, sharply watching out for any imperfection. Only a perfect sacrifice was acceptable to be offered to God.
It is this process of examination to which this word "blameless" refers.
That which David tells us here then, is that if one is going to daily dwell in the reality of the Lordís
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