John 1:1, 14 (NIV) – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The theme of the presence of God is crucial to both the Old and New Testaments, serving in fact as bookends to the Christian Bible. It begins in Genesis 2–3 with the creator of heaven and earth being present in the garden with those he has created in his own image; it concludes with the marvelous pictures of the renewed heaven and earth and the renewal of Eden in Revelation 21:1–22:5, in which John says expressly, “I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb” (21:22 NRSV). Whatever else, the people of Israel understood themselves to be the people of the Presence, the people among whom the eternal God had chosen to dwell on earth. [Gordon Fee]
Today let’s be encouraged that it is God’s very presence that distinguishes us as God’s people! Spend time today worshipping and inviting God’s presence as you worship with the song, “This We Know” by Kristian Stanfill.
Prayer: Lord we thank you that it is your very presence that distinguishes us as your people. We welcome your presence into every area of our lives today. In Jesus’ name, amen.