“But for me, it is good to be near God.” (Psalm 73:28a TLV).
At Sukkot, we celebrate not only God’s presence with the Israelites in the wilderness, but also his presence with us today as His Holy Spirit dwells in all who have professed faith in Messiah Yeshua.
Sometimes, just knowing someone else is there with you in the trenches helps you overcome a challenge. A grieving heart can receive comfort simply from the silent company of a friend. Knowing you’re not alone lifts morale, boosts confidence and re-energizes stamina to carry on through a difficult situation.
God’s very presence is a help. Psalm 42:5 in the New American Standard Bible reads: “Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence.”
God is always with us. His Spirit dwells inside each Believer, and we are never alone. He is always there to lift our heads (Psalm 3:4), rescue us from trouble (Psalm 91:15), hide us in the shelter of His presence (Psalm 17:8, 143:9), and help us overcome whatever assails us (Romans 8:37).
How have you experienced “the help of His presence”? May you know it today!
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:2 TLV).