Dear Tabernacle Family,
What a wonderfully refreshing time we have had over the past four days basking in the Presence of God! How grateful we are to Bishop Robert and the entire Eagles’ Wings Team for allowing us to host the annual East Coast Conference here at The Tab!
As you know, this year’s theme has been “Fire and Presence,” and certainly we have experienced the reality of these words as we’ve worshipped in a spirit of grace and unity. I’m happy to say, we’re not finished but have this LORD’s Day to continue in each of our services with the same heart and mind. And, in fact, we won’t be finished once this day comes to conclusion, for we are called to live our lives each day in the Presence of The LORD! This desire is what the Psalmist David had in mind when he wrote, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.” (Ps. 27:4)
We know from Scripture that King David had a wonderful desire to walk with God and desired to build a house for The LORD. He was familiar with the Tabernacle of Moses, yet he desired a more permanent dwelling place. Although he was never permitted to erect the Temple, he was allowed to gather the building materials and make the preparations for its construction. David never saw the Temple in Jerusalem, instead, it was his son, Solomon, who ultimately saw the Temple completed. Even though the Temple had yet to be built, David envisioned it and expressed his desire to be safe within its Sanctuary, for it was there that he looked to experience God’s presence in a very unique and significant way.
This statement, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek:” is one of the most single-minded statements of purpose in the entire Bible. It’s as if David took his life to the sharpener, and grinding away every distraction, and stripping off every hindrance, sharpened-down his life to a point: and with it wrote, “One thing I desire!” I’m wondering, what “one thing” would I write? If your life was reduced to its lowest common denominator, would your “one thing” bring you back to The LORD?
Today, let’s join David in setting God’s Presence, not only as the priority of this day, but as the priority of our lives.
In His Presence,
Pastor Jim Ruddy