Skip to main content

The Presence of God - 2 Samuel 5:1-5; 6:1-5 Psalms 150

In our Narrative Lectionary reading for this upcoming Sunday we have 3 scriptures.

The first covers the coronation of King David after the death of Saul and Jonathan.  The second is the procession of David bringing the Ark of the Covenant, representing the presence of God, into the capital city.   The third a call to praise God in all places and in all ways.

The common theme seems to be the presence of God.  At David's anointing the Holy Spirit poured out on him.  The scriptures tell us that this was not a one time thing, but that the power of the spirit grew with him over time.  The people of Israel recognized that the enemy of the state, David, was God's chosen to lead.  His response to honor the previous king, who had tried to kill him for years, showed his character in addition to his blessings on the battlefield.  God was surely with David.

The Ark had been stored in a home to keep the Israelites safe, after getting it back from the Philistines.  For 20 years it had been hidden away, guarded by Eleazar.  Bringing it to the capital was a sign that the presence of God was with them.

Psalm 150 is a great praise song.  Proclaiming God's worthiness and encouraging us to praise God no matter where we are or what we are doing.  It is just such a song that I imagine they sang as they carried the Ark home.  God was with them.  Emmanuel!

God is with you now.  Jesus, has gone to prepare a place for us, but sent the comforter, The Holy Spirit to each of us to guide us.  The presence of God is just as much with you, if not more so, than with David.  As you look into the eyes of your neighbor smile and take pleasure, for there God is, staring back at you.  Reme
mber this great gift and lift your voices in praise.  Sing, play, rejoice with all that is in you, for God is with you and in you!


Popular posts from this blog

Divine | Shame | Humans

Shame is often the only thing between our creator and us. Our reading this week is from Job 14:5-6: A person’s days are determined;      you have decreed the number of his months      and have set limits he cannot exceed. So look away from him and let him alone,      till he has put in his time like a hired laborer. Job is struggling with shame and judgement.  He is wondering why God is spending time paying attention to him, a tiny speck in the great universe, a blink of an eye in all eternity.  Why would God waste time casting a glance at us, let alone fostering us, raising us, and disciplining us?  He cries out "Why won't God just let us be, to live out our miserable existence?" A friend shared a post with me on Facebook this week.  It was a video of her dog who had stolen her donut.  The dog had been under the bed for two hours before she started the video.  The video begins with a clear view of the dog and the uneaten donut under the bed.  The dog casts glances from s

Justice & Privilege

The narrative lectionary reading for this week begins a 5 week series on the book of Job.  We focus on Job 1:1-12.  This first section sets the background for the parable.  It is important to note that this is clearly a parable, not a historical text.  This means we must look beyond the described events and towards a deeper meaning within the text.   The story goes like this: ___ There was once a man who thought he was good, an upright citizen, a religiously devout man.  He made good choices and avoided all forms of evil.  He was so pious that he made sacrifices in the name of his family members in case they had unknowingly sinned.  He had great wealth and privilege, and so this was evidence of his goodness.   God was so pleased with this great man, named Job, that he bragged about him to the accuser.  The accuser objected "Of course Job is good, you have provided him with wealth, power, and protection. He would curse you if he was not so privileged."  At this, God takes the

Fool for Christ

Our reading from the Narrative Lectionary this week is 2 Corinthians 5.  Verse 13 stood out to me. If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. - 2 Corinthians 5:13a (NLT) John Wimber, the founder of the Vineyard churches did a famous sermon called "I am a fool for Christ, whose fool are you?".  Reading this week's text reminded me of this wonderful sermon.  Wimber's sermon reminds us that, as christians, we are called to something truly radical.  The christian walk is strange and counter cultural.  Jesus once explained this to his disciples in John 15 "If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. You don't belong to this world, I have chosen you out of it.  That is why the world hates you."   Peter, in a letter to the church, later referred to all of us as strangers just passing through this world.   Do you feel like a stranger?  Do you feel like the world hates you?  Are you a fool for Christ? Here is the thing, you are going t