So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouts, with the sounding of rams’ horns and trumpets, and of cymbals, and the playing of lyres and harps. 1 Chronicles 15:28
As a famous singer or band comes out on stage for a concert, the people go crazy. They shout and scream with excitement at the idea of the singer coming out. They are excited to see the person or band.
People love to be in the presence of someone famous. The closer they are to the celebrity, the more excitement there is. Many want to be as close as possible. Some will even fight to get closer, just so they can say they were near the person.
For a number of years, the ark of the covenant had been captured by the Philistines. Then as they began to bring it back, an accident occurred, causing them to leave it out of the city. Finally, David was able to go and bring it back to Jerusalem.
As they were bringing the ark back into the city, the people were shouting, dancing and making a lot of noise. They were excited for it to be back. The ark meant God’s presence was back with them. They had the hand of God’s favor on them again and there was no holding back the excitement.
Believers can have God’s presence with them every day. Yet, many do not show any joy in their lives at what they have. They let the cares and fears of this world to overcome them, stealing their joy.
God’s presence, means that the believer has the King of the universe in their presence. This should bring joy and excitement, a joy and excitement that cannot be contained. One should be willing to shout it out loud what is happening. Let the world know that God’s presence is there.
God’s presence is also with you, if you are trusting in Jesus. Open your eyes and heart to see and know His presence with you. Then realize Who is really with you.
With God’s presence in your life, you will have victory over this world. There is peace and a joy that the world cannot understand.
As you allow God’s presence in your life, let the excitement and joy begin to show. Let the world know that God is with you. Be willing to shout and dance with joy at God’s presence. God is in the house today!
I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know the joy of knowing God; that you will not be ashamed of Jesus; and that you will let the world know who Jesus is.
Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” 1 Samuel 3:6
Everywhere a person goes, he hears voices. People are always talking or they are playing some thing on a radio. There are voices everywhere, saying everything.
Recognizing one voice out of all the voices can be difficult, unless one really knows that voice very well. Moms are often able to pick out their child’s cry or call among a room full of children. Despite all the noise around them, they know their child’s voice.
Samuel had began to hear a voice in the night calling to him. He did not recognize the voice and ran to Eli thinking he called him. Yet, it was not Eli who had called him. The voice was that of God’s voice. God had began to call Samuel to begin working in and through him.
With all the talking going on in this world, people are quick to listen to many of the voices around them. There are times God will begin to call them, but they do not recognize His voice. They believe that other people are being the voice of God and follow that person, rather than God.
Believers have often fallen into the trap of this world, by listening to the voices of this world, rather than listening to God. Some churches are promoting sin and the people agree to it, because they do not recognize the voice of God.
The only way a believer can begin to recognize the voice of God is to listen to Him and pay attention. They need to learn to hear His voice and what He is saying. This begins with tuning out the noise around them and focusing on God.
As a believer, you need to know God’s voice in your life. God is speaking and wants to tell you things. He is a polite God and does not shout, but speaks with a still, calm and quiet voice.
Slow down your life and tune out the world, so you may hear and know His voice. Stay in His word so you may know how God speaks, then listen for Him. God wants to tell you what is on His mind for you. Be willing to hear what He has to say.
I pray today that you will know God’s voice; that you will listen for God to speak into your life; that you will not fear what God has to say; and that you will not be distracted from hearing God by the noise of this world.