In the Old Testament, God ordained that His presence be directly associated with the tabernacle inside the temple in Jerusalem. God’s people at that time believed that His presence could be strongly felt inside the tabernacle. In the New Testament, God became man and now has a spatial dimension. Jesus came and people can now touch, feel, and communicate with God directly. Jesus said in John 14:9 that “anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (ESV). And the localized presence of God in the incarnate Christ brings hope and healing to lots of people in the New Testament.
God’s presence is limitless. In Jeremiah, God declares, “Do I not fill the heavens and earth?” Also, in Acts 17:24, Luke said that “He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands” (NASB). God is omnipresent. The omnipresence of God means that He is widely and constantly encountered by His people. He is present everywhere at the same time.
For us to host God’s presence every day, it is crucial that we understand what it is and what the Bible says about it. When we say, “hosting the presence of God,” it means tasting, feeling, realizing, and enjoying the reality of God in our lives. It is knowing that He is with us and that He affects our lives. Christians are aware that the presence of God can be both satisfying and terrifying—satisfying because it gives us hope, joy, healing, and peace; terrifying in the sense that the holiness of God exposes our sins. But all is thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as He shields us from the wrath of God. “Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God,” Romans 5:9 (ESV). And because of Jesus, we can now freely host God’s presence every day.
Psalm 100:2 reads, “Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!” (ESV). Hosting God’s presence means being joyful. This is because we are satisfied and content with Him. All worries and failures fade away as we feel and experience the incomprehensible yet reassuring presence of God. Remember that God is our refuge and so it is good to be near Him (But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works. Psalm 73:28).
Drawing Near to God
God will draw near to you if you draw near to Him (Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. James 4:8). The psalmist also said in 145:18, “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth” (ESV). Calling or drawing near to God is essential if you want to experience His presence or nearness. Clearly, the Bible tells us that God exerts His influence for the good of His people, which causes them to experience the sweetness of His reality. Carrying on a constant conversation with our God, like prayer, can also help us draw near to Him. By praying to Him, you will be able to develop a spirit of praise; keep in mind that our Lord inhabits our praises (But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Psalm 22:3).
Hosting the presence of God means being engaged in the experience of worship. True worship means that our hearts, minds, and souls are focused on God. Our senses then get involved in the worship experience. And because of this, experiencing God becomes very real. This is why we cry, smile, laugh, and have goosebumps. Worship is basically meeting with God. And meeting with God makes you feel a sense of awe and transcendence. Hosting the presence of God through worship gives you priceless peace. The Word of God becomes more alive, and you will then be able to fully understand what God meant when He said, “Be still and know that I am God” (Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10).