Absolutely nothing is as wonderful as the manifested presence of the Lord.
Acts 3 says, “times of refreshing come from the presence of the Lord.”
Psalm 16:11 says, “in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
And Exodus 33:14 says, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
When we are in the presence of God, we find rest, refreshing and joy. As I said, there is nothing like it. But, how do we cultivate the presence of God? What causes the presence of God to manifest in our lives? It’s simple…hunger.
Hungering for God and His presence is the key to living in the presence of God.
Some of my favorite scriptures are on this subject;
As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for thee, O God, for the living God. (Psalm 42:1-2)
My soul thirsts for Thee, my flesh yearns for Thee, in a dry and weary land where there is not water. (Psalm 63:1)
How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house: you give drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. (Psalm 36:7-9)
O taste and see that the Lord is good. (Psalm 34:8)
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled. (Matthew 5:6)
Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture said, streams of living water will flow from him. (John 7:37)
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost form the spring of the water of life. (Revelation 21:6)
The Spirit and the bride say, Come! And let him who hears say Come! Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. (Revelation 22:17)
Scriptures like these remind me of what I crave, and what satisfies my deepest hunger.
They also remind me of what it takes to cultivate a life filled with the presence of God. It takes hungering and thirsting for God.
Hunger and thirst are natural expressions of human needs. We need food and water to live. If we have times where we lose our appetite, it is a sure sign something is wrong. The same is true spiritually.
We were created by God to hunger and thirst for Him. It is only when we hunger that we will seek and pursue a fulfillment of that hunger. It is a hunger only God can fill. When there is no hunger for God, His presence, or His word…something is wrong spiritually.
Are you experiencing the presence of God in your life daily? If not, are you hungering for Him?
The more time you spend in prayer and the word of God…the more time you will want to spend in prayer and His word. You don’t have to begin spending hours a day with God, simply spend 15 minutes a day with God. If you do that daily for a week, you will want to increase your time. As we eat of His word and bask in His presence, we want more and more. And God is faithful to His word, the more of Him we want, the more we will be filled with Him and all He is.
Deuteronomy 8:3 says, “God fed them with manna and caused them to hunger.” When we eat of the bread from heaven, the word of God, it causes us to hunger for more. The more we hunger, the more we will be filled. The more we are filled, the more of Gods presence we will experience.
Hunger brings the presence of God…and it is hunger that keeps the presence of God in our lives. Therefore, we need to cultivate a deep hunger for God and His word.
If today, you find you are not hungry for God or His word, ask the Holy Spirit to give you a hunger for Him. He will do it. God wants His presence daily in your life, even more than you do. Seek Him today and you will find Him.