Seeking His Presence

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1).

David often described times of searching for God and longing to be refreshed in his presence. “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God”(Psalm 42:1). He described himself as a deer who was thirsty and in need of water. This was how hungry and desperate David was for the presence of God. He cried and described his tears as food as he poured out his soul unto God. In Psalm 63, he longed to worship God and vowed to worship Him for the rest of his life. In Psalm 84, David longed for the courts of God. “My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God” (Psalm 84:2).

David considered a day in the courts of God, as better than a thousand years anywhere else. He understood when Jeremiah said that anyone who sought after God would find him. “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). David was a man after God’s own heart, because he earnestly sought after God. He understood the all surpassing presence of God. “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence” (Psalm 139:7)? He knew that whether in heaven, in hell or in the deepest parts of the sea, that the presence of God would be with him. Not even the darkness could hide him away from God.

“He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters” (Psalm 23:2). David also experienced peace and rest in the presence of God. He found provision, goodness, shelter and protection. Moses also understood the importance of God’s presence. “And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here”(Exodus 33:15). He knew that the journey from Egypt to Canaan was impossible without God. Moses longed to see the glory of God and spent time in communion with Him.

When we hunger and thirst after righteousness, we will be filled (Matthew 5:6). There is peace, joy, healing, deliverance, freedom and everything good in the presence of God. Most people want to rub shoulders and have association with people with status and power. This is shortsighted, as they miss the fact that everything that we need is in God. When Jesus died, he left us the Comforter in the person of the Holy Spirit. “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11). Let us spend time in the presence of God. Seek him daily and pursue him intimately, so that his presence will be with us wherever we go.

“And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest”” (Exodus 33:14).


18 thoughts on “Seeking His Presence

  1. Anneta, you nailed it, when you said we need to seek after God and abide in his presence. In his presence is where we are changed. All our promises begin and end in the presence of God. Nothing is too difficult when we place our trust in God! Abundant blessings!

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  2. Anneta, reading lol the verse you mention of David yearning to be in the presence of God makes me reflect on my own pursuit to be in His presence.
    There is nothing indeed better than His presence with us.
    A wonderful word Anneta 💙💐

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  3. AMEN Anneta! 🙏🏼 Love this:
    “Most people want to rub shoulders and have association with people with status and power. This is shortsighted, as they miss the fact that everything that we need is in God.” Thank you for sharing this message for today my friend. 🥰💖🤗 Very timely!

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