OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. SUNDAY 10 MAY 2015. THEME : SIGNS OF HIS PRESENCE.

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MEMORISE : Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with
singing. PSALM 100 : 2.

READ : 2 SAMUEL 6 :10 – 12.
10 So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of
David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.
11 And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite
three months: and the LORD blessed Obed-edom, and all his household.
12 And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obed-
edom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David
went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the city
of David with gladness.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 SAMUEL 15 : 16 AND MARK 6 : 30 – 52.

When Moses tenaciously requested that the presence of the Almighty God
should follow them in their journey to the Promised Land, he knew what he was
doing ( Exodus 33 : 14 – 16 ).
Many children of God don’t value the presence of God, and so they don’t bother
to ensure that they are in His presence or that He is present in their
situations. The proof of this observation can be seen in what some so-called
children of God do in supposedly secret places. If such people had formed the
habit of craving God’s presence wherever they go, they would not indulge in
such things. Nobody would steal or fornicate if he or she desires or carries
God’s presence wherever he or she might be.
From today’s Bible reading, the signs of God’s presence in the household of
Obed-Edom were apparent. David, out of fear of death, rejected the presence
of the Lord symbolised by the Ark of the Covenant, because Uzzah died suddenly
when he erroneously touched it.
An adage in my native tongue says: “Cutting off the head is not the right cure
for a headache.” This was exactly what David did; he rejected the presence of
the Lord instead of finding out how to behave in God’s presence. A lot of people
don’t want to come to Church because they feel sad whenever they come. They
feel sad because the pastor makes them feel guilty by his sermons! Such people
don’t know what they are missing when they run away from God’s presence.

Psalm 16 : 11 says :
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy
right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
Three months after David had shunned the presence of the Lord as represented
by the Ark, God had so blessed the house of Obed-Edom who accepted the Ark,
that David himself heard about it. David then realised his folly in rejecting the
presence of the Lord. The Bible in 2 Samuel 6 : 12 says :
“And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obed-
edom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David
went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the city
of David with gladness.”
When I encourage some of my children to surrender their houses for use as
House fellowship meeting points, some do not realise that I’m only trying to
bring God presence into their homes for blessings and protection. God will not
allow evil in any house being used as a meeting place for His praise. I pray that
God’s presence shall be upon you and you will rejoice in Jesus’ Name.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, just like you did for Moses, let Your presence follow me all the days of
my life in Jesus’ Name.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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