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"Would you say that if He were physically present?"

By: Rev. Linda Battello

Psalm 84 begins: “How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.” In the day of the psalmist God was thought to be present in the Ark of the Covenant and people longed to worship in front of the Ark. We no longer think that God is confined to a object or location so where is God’s dwelling place?
In Jesus’ ministry he reminded us he was Emmanuel - “God with Us.” In the final days of his life Jesus prayed that all his disciples might experience God through him. He said: “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one.         As you, Father, are in me, and I am in you, may they also be in us.” (John 17: 20-21).
God’s dwelling place is to be in us and we are to live in God. Our souls no longer have to long to go to  a particular place, but we can be the dwelling place of the living God every moment of our days and nights.
Through faith in Christ, we are told that God is one with Christ and one with us. We can sing for joy in God’s presence every day.
I wonder if we believe that. Do we always act as if God was present with us in that moment. How would this change what we said? How would our actions be changed if we experienced this reality?
Maybe we can give it a try to focus on God’s love and try every day to live with Christ as our example. Pray for God’s help to do this and remember - God dwells in us, we are never alone.