Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
God blessed us in Northeast Tennessee with a beautiful sunny day yesterday. My preaching golf buddy forced me to get out of the office and play a round. He sent a simple text with the course and the tee time. I agreed and arrived at the course 30 minutes ahead of time. I saw his automobile and his clubs sitting outside the clubhouse doors. I didn’t see him as he didn’t announce his presence with a text or call, but I knew he was there. There are many similar vehicles and golf bags to the ones he drives and carries. I knew, however, these belonged to him. I had a confidence he was at the appointed place at the appointed time!
God is the same way in our daily lives. We often wonder if he is near, but all of the surrounding evidence will assure the believer He not only present but in close vicinity. We can feel His presence, His guidance and His protection.
How are we to know and how do we stay in that vicinity of God? When we have a close relationship with our Heavenly Father, we are assured of His tendencies and His guidance. We have certainty that if our friends haven’t called, they will be at the agreed to place at the arranged time. How much more certain should we be of our Savior? He has promised to never fail us nor ever forsake us. Further, we know He speaks the truth. We have an entire collection of books and writings which prove the reliability of God throughout the ages. Each book of the Bible testifies as to the truth of the others.
In order to stay in His presence, we need to constantly abide in His Word. Through His Word, we are taught of His truths and assured of His goodness. We rely upon people in our life until they give us a reason not to do so. Yet, we seemingly find reasons to neglect the Holy Spirit who has never been absent in our lives.
David in the 31st Psalm appreciated God’s presence because He knew the joy, but also the misery of being out of His will. He knew the pride of man was one of the main tendencies when someone is out of God’s will. When we fail to read His Word or nurture the relationship through prayer, we rely upon our own faulty strength and power. His applied blood is a testifying blood. In John 6:56, Jesus said Himself, “He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.”
The certainty we have in Jesus Christ provides us an inner peace of which we world is devoid. The English pastor and evangelist FB Meyer preached that the believer is “conscious that he in enclosed in the invisible film of the Divine Presence, as a far traveled letter in the envelope which protects it from hurt and soil.” We have safety and security when this sureness is cemented upon the grace and mercy of our Savior. Our faith in Jesus Christ saved us from the dominion and judgment of sin. This work is continuing as His grace intercedes on our behalf daily when we carelessly drift away. Our souls were purified by this redemption, but one day our bodies will be saved and renewed as His presence will be fully known. This fulfilling of this ultimate promise of eternal salvation will culminate our testimony saying, “He was there all along!”