“They shall make an ark of acacia wood. Two cubits and a half shall be its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. You shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and outside shall you overlay it, and you shall make a molding of gold around it…There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you about all that I will give you in commandment for the people of Israel.” Exodus 25:10-11&22 ESV
I was just reading about the ark of the covenant in my bible study called,“Anointed-Transformed-Redeemed.” It is about the life of David. In it Priscilla Shirer says, “The ark represented God among His people. For centuries this sacred chest not only symbolized but evidenced God’s presence. God promised to meet with and speak to His children there. No doubt years of personal communion with God had seared into David’s mind the need for such divine meetings. He knew it would be impossible to rule with power and for Israel to remain separated from other people groups without the indwelling power of and communion with God.”
“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” Psalm 90:1&2 ESV
Just as David wanted the ark brought back, I need God’s presence in my life. There are times when I think of God’s presence being in a place. But He is reminding me that He is in me and with me always. A daily awareness of His presence breathes life into my sometimes weary soul.
Dear Father, thank you for the ways You show me your presence. Thank you for giving me Your Holy Spirit. I am amazed at how You care about the big and small details of my life. “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”Philippians 1:3-6 ESV.