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The Hunger for the Presence of God

“David was afraid of God that day; he said, “How can I bring the ark of God into my care?” So David did not take the ark into his care into the city of David.; he took it instead to the house of  Obed-edom  the Gittite. The ark of God remained with the household of Obed-edom in his house three months, and the Lord blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that he had.”     1 Chronicles 13:12-14

This pastor’s message was about the Ark of the Covenant.  The Ark of the Covenant symbolizes the presence of God or the power of God.  If the ark goes before the warriors before a battle, they would win.  When God comes before us, we have victory.

Then one time, an ordinary guy named Obed Edom was blessed to have the Ark of the Covenant stay in his home for awhile until it had to be returned later to the city of David.  When it was in his home, Obed was blessed to the max.

Once you’ve tasted the presence of God, you will follow God wherever He is.  This is what Obed Edom did.  The ark had porters or another name for them, janitors, to clean the ark.  Obed Edom volunteered to be janitor.  Once you’ve tasted the presence of God, you will do whatever it takes to get back to how it once was, to get closer to God.

The Ark of the Covenant was taken care of lavishly.  There were even harp players near the Ark of the Covenant.  Well, just to get closer to the ark, Obed Edom became one of the harp players.  It goes on and on.  There were doorkeepers and gatekeepers for the Ark of the Covenant, and guess who volunteered to work?  Obed Edom probably had 6 jobs to do with the Ark of the Covenant!

There is a battle for the presence of God. Seize the moment.  There are many examples of people in the Bible that seemingly disqualifies them to have to do anything with God and vice-versa…with God have to do anything with them.  David was immoral but he decided to stay close to God anyway.  Jacob decided to hang on to God, until God blessed him.

Decide to not be a powerless person. God uses those whose lives have been transformed by Him.  If unbelievers only knew… you don’t have to be perfect to be Christian.  You don’t have to know everything.  You don’t have to be perfect to love God, serve God, and even hold on to Him.  You just have to let Christ into your hearts and life.  It’s what Jesus did and does that is powerful, not our struggling to be perfect or be human “do-ings” instead of human BE-ings.  God does the hard work for you.  Your part is to have that yearning to know Him more, love Him more, serve Him more, just to be in His presence. 

Sometimes our priorities or motives get messed up or misdirected.  It’s hard to balance rest, margins, boundaries, and then not burn out doing so many good things for the church or ministry.  But this message of having a motive to serve, dance, worship, just to be close to God ~ is a very convincing, motivating and encouraging outlook, spirit and attitude, when we have an opportunity to hula and minister to our audience at an event, church, etc.  

I never thought of it as a way of being close to God, but I get it now.  Joyce Meyer said one time, when your family or friends abandon you… poor us ~ we’re stuck with only God to hang out with; what a good problem, huh?  I like being around the presence of my homie, Jesus =), especially in the privilege of dancing hula (compared to being janitor? Boy, are we fortunate to serve in something fun and like to do).  So…let’s sign up.  See Susan for upcoming events: August ~ Tiki Beach Festival Ohana Days and October ~ Silverado Days.  Save the date!  Mahalo =)

 

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