“The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell. Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident. One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.”
“What mighty praise, O God, belongs to you in Zion. We will fulfill our vows to you, for you answer our prayers. All of us must come to you. Though we are overwhelmed by our sins, you forgive them all. What joy for those you choose to bring near, those who live in your holy courts. What festivities await us inside your holy Temple. You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our savior. You are the hope of everyone on earth, even those who sail on distant seas.”
“But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain. Interlude I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me.”
“Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”
“He sang: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. He is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me from violence. I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.”
“I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath! Death wrapped its ropes around me; the terrors of the grave overtook me. I saw only trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord : “Please, Lord, save me!” How kind the Lord is! How good he is! So merciful, this God of ours!
“Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and prayed, “Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And now, Sovereign Lord, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty! Do you deal with everyone this way, O Sovereign Lord ? “What more can I say to you? You know what your servant is really like, Sovereign Lord. Because of your promise and according to your will, you have done all these great things and have made them known to your servant. “How great you are, O Sovereign Lord ! There is no one like you. We have never even heard of another God like you!”
“So Cornelius said, “Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered in the sight of God. Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.”
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
In the world today, we have everything at our access and for the most part we still feel inadequate, lonely, anxious, and needing more. Mostly we are looking for something to make us feel complete or at best content, but very few have ventured out to find within themselves ” A Passion For God’s Presence”!
Just to mention a few: I have a great admiration for the Muslim who are devoted enough to Allah (God) to pray 5 times a day. It tells me that although they believe in Muhammad their “Passion for God’s Presence is greater”!
I have a great admiration for the Jews who are devoted to wearing the scriptures on their foreheads, go to the wailing wall to pray rocking back and forth. It shows me that their devotion to the scriptures breathes obedience yet their “Passion For God’s Presence is greater”!
In our Western Society we have many distractions but I admire the Believer who desires to know God greater, by their obedience they show up for mid-week Bible studies and Prayer Meetings. This tells me more than anything that their “Passion For God’s Presence is greater” than the distractions of the world.
None of these groups desire a passion for works, or titles, none desire a passion to be seen for what they do for the church, mosque, or temple; but all demonstrate within the world around them a “Passion For God’s Presence”!
Psalm 27 can move a persons heart directly to the Throne Room of Grace without the sound of an instrument.
(Psalm 27:4 NKJV)–One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.
Psalm 34 reminds us that God’s presence is forever with His people.
Psalm 46 and 140:12-13 reminds us of God being our very present help in time of trouble.
In God’s Presence there is Peace
In God’s Presence there is Joy
In God’s Presence there is Assurance without evidence.
With Great Passion may you continue to Walk in The Presence of God!
God Bless All Nations, All Peoples, All Tribes, and All Walks of Life,
Apostle Brenda D. Cooper