INTIMACY WITH GOD

Dec 21, 2022

What was it about the house of the Lord that intrigued David so much? Was it about the building, beauty, or architecture? There is a revelation that David caught about the house of the lord.

Psalms 122:1 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the LORD.”

Psalms 84:10 For a day in Your courts [is] better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

2 Chronicles 7:1-2 When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. And the priests could not enter the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD’s house.

When God comes down, what do you minister? When the glory descends in a place, who dare opens his mouth to say nothing? From that day forward, the weight of God’s glory was resident in the temple.

What gave that temple weight, prominence, and distinction from all other buildings was the residence of the ark of the presence of God in the temple.

Now we understand why David said: “I was glad when they told me to go into the house of the Lord.” He was obsessed and eaten up by God’s glory and the desire to have an encounter with the presence of God.

Psalms 42:7 Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me.

The presence of God was what defined and made David; it was his life. He was so obsessed with it that he never allowed his position to ever interfere with his intimacy with God at any time. Nothing in the realm of man got between David and his fellowship with God (1 Samuel 18:7).

David was a lover of God and that obsession, passion, and fire for God’s presence is what distinguished him from all the patriarchs of faith. His heart inclination, fear, and the reverence he had for God pulled him out of the crowd and God named himself after David.

Our success, dominance, influence, and ability to fulfill and do what God has called us to do will stand from the place of intimacy and fellowship with the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.

It was the presence of God amidst the children of Israel that made them to be feared all over world as they journeyed from Egypt through the wilderness. (Exodus 13:14, Exodus 12:22).

2 Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as [being] from ourselves, but our sufficiency [is] from God,

It is not in the strength of the mighty but in the depth. Have you arrived at that place in your walk with God; not just saying words but a true cry of your heart?

If you are not yet there, don’t fake it, go down on your knees and ask God to help you get there; where your dependence and leaning is Him alone.

There is a place of depth from which you can worship, pray and seek God. It is from that deep place that we enter the depth of God. However, this calls for sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.

Joel 2:13 So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He [is] gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.

It is not about the long hours you pray but the heart you put into the hours because the Lord looks at the heart.

The moment the devil wants to ruin any believer he brings substitutes and religion: you say and sing the right thing, and everything looks normal but deep inside there is death.

The Spirit is calling us tonight to get back to a place of intimacy with God. That is where our strength, relevance, and confidence come from.

Further study

Psalms 42

Psalms 63

Psalms 80:18

John 11

 

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PASTOR BEN OCHOLA