God’s presence within us…

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Psalm 91: 1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. 

This psalm is attributed to Moses, the one who accompanied the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt and led them through the wilderness for 40 years – on their way to the Promised Land. In Moses’ day there was no temple in Jerusalem yet. Instead God had accompanied them as a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night. And yet, even before Moses, God had accompanied Moses’ ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In all of those years, from generation to generation, God had no permanent “place”. His place was among the people and their place was with their God.

I am pastor of a local church which has a street location with buildings and such. When we gather together in the name of Jesus we understand the Lord to dwell there with us. But that’s not the only place. By the Holy Spirit, the presence of God doesn’t just dwell “with” us but also “within” us. That’s a gift even Moses did not have.

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