Go after God's Presence by Duane Bemis

Go after God's Presence
Duane Bemis
2 Samuel 6

Before we start this new adventure through God's anointed and inspired Word let us unite our hearts to hear what the Lord has to say. Are you ready to hear what God wants to say to each of us reading this sermon? Then let us pray:
"Father God Almighty, who is the King of Glory, come and speak to us. Come and touch us with Your presence as we read and study Your Word. Let us look into King David's life and learn from his example as he went after Your presence. Lord we want You to receive all the glory, honor, and power in the words penned on the following pages. In the name of Jesus Christ, our personal Savior and Redeemer, amen and amen."
Open your Bible with me to where King David attempts to go after the presence of God. Open your Bible to Second Samuel:

Again David gathered all the choice men of Israel, thirty thousand. And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Baale Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, whose name is called by the Name, the LORD of Hosts, who dwells between the cherubim. (2 Sam. 6:1-2)

King David knew what he wanted; he wanted God! David wanted the Ark of the Covenant because this is where God would meet with his people. King David wanted God with and in his country, his city, and for the benefit of his own family. David knew that God's presence had benefits of blessings, miracles, and God's favor.
I want you to know what King David knew about this Ark. So, let us go back and study a few scriptures from the Old Testament. Listen to what King David knew:

"You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold; two and a half cubits shall be its length and a cubit and a half its width. And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work you shall make them at the two ends of the mercy seat. Make one cherub at one end, and the other cherub at the other end; you shall make the cherubim at the two ends of it of one piece with the mercy seat. And the cherubim shall stretch out their wings above, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and they shall face one another; the faces of the cherubim shall be toward the mercy seat. You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the Testimony that I will give you. And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony, about everything which I will give you in commandment to the children of Israel. (Exodus 25:17-22)

King David knew that God's presence came with the Ark of the Covenant. King David wanted God's presence for himself and his people. King David did not sit around waiting for God; he drew close to God. And God then drew ever closer to him.
What a great lesson we can see in King David. He went after God because he wanted more of God in his earthly life.
Let me change gears for a moment and share a personal story with you. I also stopped waiting on other ...

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