David was a worshipper and a shepherd and we imagine his time spent on the backside of many mountains, alone with God and his instrument where he offered praises to God. You could say that David was a loner who also spent a lot of time running from Saul after he tried to kill him. Either way, David was so intimately acquainted with the presence of God, that he cried after God and compared the search for his presence like that of a deer panting after the water (Psalm 42:1).
David had such a love for God and the things of God that he said, “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness”(Psalm 84:10). This time in the presence of God cultivated such an anointing that David’s music brought healing for Saul (1 Samuel 16:23).
I have never found anything like the presence of God, which brings such comfort and healing. My favourite time is spent saturated in worship and tapping into the tangible presence of God. I have experienced weights of heaviness lifted and burdens rolled away. When I surrender myself to God and press deeply into his presence, feeling his presence wrapped around me in a tangible, full and rich aroma. This is where healing takes place, minds are restored as the weights have no choice but to slowly fall away.
My writing and descriptions would not give enough of an explanation of the peace and assurance which is felt in the presence of God. It’s one of those taste and see experiences that you find in total and complete surrender and worship. “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God” (Psalm 84:1-2).