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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!


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