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The Joy of His Presence

Psalm 23:1-6

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.

3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.

My focus in this session is in verse 4

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

If there is anything a child of God should cherish above any other thing in life, it is the abiding presence of God.

The presence of God occur in different dimensions:

  1. The omnipresence of God
  2. The manifest presence of God
  • The locational presence of God
  1. The abiding presence of God.

Moses understood the gravity of the abiding presence of God when he said that it was either God went with them or there is no journey.

Exo 33:14-15

14 And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

15 Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.

Joseph was a man who enjoyed the abiding presence of God. The key point of his life was “and the Lord was with him”.

Look at the following:

  1. His brother succeeded in removing the tunic of many colours from him but they could not remove the presence of God

Gen 37:23

23 ¶ So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him.

  1. The yoke of slavery could not remove the presence of from Joseph

Gen 39: 1-2

1 ¶ Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there.

2 The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.  

Note that the presence of God commanded prosperity on Joseph even as a slave.

Prosperity is not a function of your environment or status; it is a function of the presence of God.

  • Even the unbelievers of Egypt saw the mark of God’s presence in His life

Gen 39:3-4

3 And his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand.

4 So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority.  

One of the key feature of the presence of God is that it attracts favour. When God’s presence is in your life, all men shall favour you.

  1. The peak of Joseph’s trouble was his incarceration without trial from a false accusation. Yet that did not remove the presence of God from him.

Gen 39:20-21

20 Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison.

21 But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

Even in the peak of his trouble, the presence of God was there as the comfort and courage source.


The presence of God might not immune a child of God from trouble, but the presence of God will not abandon him in that trouble.

Psa 23:4

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me…

It is a possibility that a child of God finds himself in the valley of the shadow of death

Life is full of unpredictable and uncertainties

We all have our fair share of the pains in life

Abraham was barren, Isaac was cheated, Jacob was defrauded, Joseph was imprisoned, David faced Saul in battle, Samson was sold by the woman he loved, Jesus was betrayed and denied by his closest friends. Life is not really fair.

It is not a question of if you pass through it, it is a question of when.

Isa 43:1-2

1 ¶ But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.

2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.

Your trouble can cause men to desert you

If you want to know who your friends really are in life, wait till you are in your worst mess.

Adversity in our lives has a way of revealing what man is truly is.

There is only one person who will not stop loving us no matter what we are going through.

Rom 8:35-37

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

His love for us does not dwindle even in the midnight hours of our lives.

He has gone through it before, He knows what it means. He went through denial, betrayal, wrong accusation, painful torture, shameful molestation and agonizing death.

Heb 4:15-16

15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

There is only one person that can remove the presence of God from your life; that person is you.

Isa 59:1-2

1 ¶ Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear.

2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.

Even when you are separated from Him by your iniquity, you are just a repentance away from Him. He will not abandon His people forever.

Beloved, cherish the presence of God

Do not be a beggarly Christian looking for God from one place to another. Be a carrier of His presence.

He will dwell with you if you are a clean vessel suitable for His habitation.

2 Cor 6:17-18

17 Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.”

18 “I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty.”

2 Cor 7:1

1 ¶ Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

If you never had His presence, walk into his opened arms today.

If you had it and you have lost it, come back like the prodigal son. He is waiting for you.

Come now!

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