Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Peace in His Presence

Peace in His Presence

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God; in him will I trust.  (Ps. 91:1-2 KJV)
The Word continually tells us to go back to Him for everything.  All answers are found in Him.  In the Old Testament, we are told to seek His face and dwell in the secret place of the Most High.  In the New Testament, Jesus told us to abide in the Vine.

It is in His presence that we find perfect peace (Is. 26:3), because in that presence we learn to trust in Him. Trust is what it's all about- do we believe God or don't we?  It is a command to be anxious for nothing (Philippians 4:6).  Jesus told us to take no thought for our needs, but seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.  The peace we find in His presence is our protection.  Peace will guard and keep our hearts from the attack of the enemy.  Fear is so very ready to take over our hearts, but peace is our protection that will keep us in faith, keep us trusting in God to get us through.
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.  And God's peace . . . which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  (Phil. 4:6-7 Amp.)
It is peace that guards your heart from fear.  No wonder it is a command to be anxious for nothing.  In His presence we will find peace and assurance that He is in control, that He is working and that it will all be alright!

So it boils down to priorities.  When the trials and troubles of life slap us in the face, we have to learn to go to Him, to seek His face, to abide in the Vine.  In His presence is fullness of joy (Ps. 16:11), and in His presence is peace.  In Ps. 27:5, David writes:
For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock.  (Amp.)
I looked up the word "trouble" and found it means evil, wicked and hurtful (Wilson's Word Studies).  Those days seem to be more frequent all the time.  It is only in His presence that we will find the peace we will need to make it through.
Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you.  Not as the world gives do I give to you.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.  [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]  (John 14:27 Amp.)
One thing is all we need and that one thing is Him.  Mary knew that; David knew that.  My one thing is Jesus.
You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind . . . is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.  So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].  (Is. 26:3-4 Amp.)

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