Does it amaze you that God said these words:
““I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:16-18
When Jesus met the woman at the well, He talked with her about worship and said that a new time of worship is here. He said:
God Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth…for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. John 2:24 & 23c
It’s not us seeking God, it is God seeking us. Isn’t that astounding? Because all other religions is mankind seeking and trying to get to their god. But Jesus said, “No, its the other way around. It’s God seeking mankind!”
Another place the Word says: “Therefore submit to God…Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” I don’t know what it’s like for you. But these words have really walked my world. To think that Almighty God, Himself, so desires that kind of an intimate and personal relationship with you and me, that He would seek me out and then send His Holy Spirit to draw me to Him so He would draw near to me. That just rocks my world. I hope it does yours, too!
There two men from scripture who illustrate this best:
1. Moses – He would go up to the mountain to meet with God. The first time he was on the mountainside tending to sheep and God came to him in a burning bush and said, “Moses come here. Take your shoes off, you’re on holy ground.” But after the children of Israel were delivered from slavery, he would go up to the mountain to meet God and into the cloud of God’s glory! They had so much fun fellowshiping that he took his tent and set it up outside the camp and called it the Tabernacle of Meeting. He would go into his tent and the cloud of God would hover over the entrance and there it says that He and God talked face to face, like a man talks with a friend.
Moses wrote about this in Psalms 91 &92. These used to be one Psalm, but centuries later the Psalm was split into two Psalms to make it easier to sing.
2. King David – The cave of Adullam was his secret place. Before every encounter with the Philistines, he would go to the cave to pray and get instructions from God about how to go to battle. Then he would follow those instructions. But he so enjoyed the times he encountered God at the cave of Adullam, he wrote about it in Psalm 25.
“Show me your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my Salvation; on You I wait all the day. Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He teaches sinners in the way. The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way.
What makes it odd is that they are so flawed in their life. They were a long way from perfect – sort of like you and me. You don’t have to be perfect to come into the secret place of the Most High. We all start out as sinners!
The Bible says, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way.”
Both of these men committed murder. Moses decided to do things his way and the Lord had to say, “Sorry Moses, you cannot go into the Promised land. You did it your way.” It doesn’t mean that they didn’t go to heaven. What is interesting is that centuries later God allowed Moses into the Promised Land when he met Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration.
Remember David, did things his way; and there he was in Ziklag living with the Philistines, and it dawned on him, “What am I doing here? I am living among the enemy!!”
Have any of you found yourself there asking yourself, “What am I doing living with the devil? What am I thinking?”
David then had to act like a crazy man to escape. But he ran to the cave of Adullam where he met with the Lord and got himself right with God.
We may fail, but remember, failure is an experience, not an identity!
But Almighty God says, “If you will come into the secret place, I will show you My ways, I will teach you My ways.” And how many know the Lord’s ways are perfect?
Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.
Discover how this Psalm leads us right into the secret place of the Most High. You can listen to the rest of this message here.