The Presence of God

— Psalm 16

 
 
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Outline

  1. The Facts
    • Where is he present?
    • God’s Presence in the Old Testament
    • God’s Presence in the New Testament
  2. The Experience
    • Psalm 16

Where is God’s presence?

  1. His presence everywhere (omnipresent)
  2. Intensified presence in a location
  3. & 4. A more specific kind of presence…

God’s Presence in the Old Testament

Old Testament cont’d

Nation of Israel

Tabernacle/Temple

God’s Presence in the Psalms

God’s Presence in the New Testament

John 14:15-23

  1. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
  2. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,
  3. even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
  4. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
  5. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
  6. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

John 14:15-23 cont’d

  1. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
  2. Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?”
  3. Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”

Reactions to God’s Presence

Four levels of God’s presence

  1. Omnipresent
  2. Old Covenant - External
  3. New Covenant God makes his home in us through the Spirit

When Gathered in Jesus’ Name

  1. If, therefore, the whole church comes together…
  2. …if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all,
  3. the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.

Outline

  1. The Facts
    • Where is he present?
    • God’s Presence in the Old Testament
    • God’s Presence in the New Testament
  2. The Experience
    • Psalm 16

2. The Experience

Psalm 16:1-11 A miktam of David

1. Claim God as your only refuge and source of joy

Preserve me, O God,
      for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
      I have no good apart from you.”

As for the saints in the land,
      they are the excellent ones,
            in whom is all my delight.

2. Choose God, not sin

Their sorrows multiply:
      those who run after another god;

their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
      or take their names on my lips.

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
      you hold my future secure.

3. Praise God with words of thankfulness

The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

4. Quiet your mind

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
      in the night also my heart instructs me.

5. Delight yourself in him

I have set the Lord always before me;
      because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad,
      and my whole being rejoices;
            my flesh also dwells secure.

For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
      or let your holy one see corruption.

6. Believe he is here and listening.

You make known to me the path of life;
      in your presence there is fullness of joy;
            at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

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Experiencing God’s presence

  1. Claim God as your only refuge and source of joy
  2. Choose God, not sin
  3. Praise God with words of thankfulness
  4. Quiet your mind
  5. Set your mind on him & delight yourself in him
  6. Believe he is here and listening.
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