Summary: We are created to live in and enjoy God's presence daily....Why is the presence so God so important?
Sermon by Pr. Paddick Van Zyl Aug 17 2014
Title: I can’t live without Your Presence
Are there certain rules and regulations when meeting someone of importance , like say the Queen of England or can one just bang on the door, walk right up to her and start chatting? Rachel Kelly sheds more light on this for us:
‘Meeting Queen Elizabeth -- even for a world leader -- can be nerve-racking. There is a long list of protocols that guides one's behavior in the presence of Her Majesty
There is the "no-touch" rule, for example. The queen's visitors have to wait until she extends her hand to take it, and they are not supposed to grip it tightly or pump it, said Rachel Kelly, a public relations executive at Visit Britain, the U.K.'s official tourism office. No hugs, no kiss on the cheek, no touching the shoulder, which is why the queen's gesture comes as a surprise’.#
Max Luxado writes about how it was like in the days of Esther and King Xerxes: ‘In the court of King Xerxes, entering the king’s presence without permission carried a penalty of death for the offender. This law was not lightly taken by the people of Persia. But, in order to save her people, Queen Esther collected her courage and approached the throne. The king accepted her without rebuke, granted her request, and a nation survived. Aren’t you glad God is more accessible than Xerxes? What if we could go to God in prayer only when he called us? What if we needed an official guard to announce our presence?’##
Let’s learn more about God’s presence today….
Psalm 51: 10-12;17 NIV
10Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
17My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.
17 My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.
The very first encounter that man has with the presence of God can be found in Genesis with Adam and Eve. They had fellowship with God in His presence. However, when sin came on the scene, the presence was no longer there:
Genesis 3:8 NKJV
8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
Yet God is omnipresent, but His manifest presence is not:
Jeremiah 23:24 ESV
24 Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the LORD.
The absence of God’s presence is the same as the absence of His Spirit *. Saul is a prime example of loosing or having God’s Spirit depart from a person, as a result of an un-repented heart: