Copyright Elder Dorn J.B. Walker
A clarion call has gone out to the Church! The trumpet has sounded in Zion and God is telling His people to flee idolatry and run to the power of His Presence! The church, who is the Bride of Christ, has somehow forgotten about the marriage to the bridegroom (Jesus Christ) and has become betrothed to the “wisdom of man” and to other earthly, fleshly carnal desires. This abominable act has caused the church to become an adulterer. And, there is now a great crisis of Idolatry that is causing much deception and a great falling away of the assembling together by many who solely seek salvation, solitude, refuge, and purpose in the power of God through His Son Jesus Christ. We must return to living in accordance to the Spirit of God instead of living in accordance to our fleshly nature–the nature that only leads to death. The good news is that God stands ready to deliver us if we would humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked ways.
What is Idolatry? Idolatry can be defined as blind or excessive adoration or love toward anything or anyone other than God. To idolize is to regard with unquestioning or excessive admiration or devotion. God’s word is clear concerning Idolatry. His word states that we are to have no other gods before Him, and that we are to try every spirit to see if it is from God—We shall know every spirit by the fruit it bears. Many in the church are troubled about the appointment of the first homosexual Bishop in the Episcopalian Church. But, how many are indignant to the Idolatry that is raging rampart throughout the Body of Christ! This recent appointment merely represents the rising stench from a fruit that is already rotten. We must come to grips with the root cause of our sin that is greatly affecting the Body of Christ and is causing us to become a reproach among the nations.
So what does the word of God say concerning this crisis? God’s word tells us that every believer’s daily confidence is found only in the power of God and not in the wisdom of man or in any earthly carnal desire (I Corinthians 2:5-6 and Psalm 27). This simple truth can indeed incite us to rekindle and to re-ignite our relationship with the almighty God in order to rise from this crisis of spiritual defeat to a place where we experience the victorious life that Jesus Christ paid for by the act of His own death for our sins and by His resurrection that brings us a new and victorious life!
We can find an example of this foundational truth in Psalm 27. The central theme of this chapter is found in verse 4. The amplified version reads “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple”. This verse illustrates how David tapped in to the secret of “his daily confidence” during a time of great crisis and despair. David’s rediscovered confidence victoriously restored him to his rightful position in God. In the latter part of verse 3, David said “in this will I be confident”…. He said one thing have I desired or asked of the Lord that will I seek after is that I may dwell in the house of the Lord. David’s confidence was fully restored when He ran to the Power of God’s presence.
In order to understand more fully the depth of David’s declaration concerning his daily confidence, we must look at the other verses in Psalm 27 and explore the entire history surrounding the writing of this tremendous Psalm of David. Psalm 27 was written during a time when David and his people were destitute while in the dessert wilderness. Yes, David was still King, but he fled his throne with many of his people after his son Absalom tried to dethrone him and take his life. This account is found in II Samuel Chapters 11 through 18. This Psalm was written after David went through and was still going through much mourning and despair. In brief, II Samuel chapters 11 – 18 can be summarized as follows: (I recommend that you read and study these chapters for yourself.) (1) David sinned with Bath Sheba and killed Uriah her husband, (2) Bath Sheba became pregnant with David’s child. The Child became ill and died, (3) David’s son Amnon raped his sister Tamar, (4) the other son Absalom took vengeance and killed Amnon, (5) Absalom rose up and rebelled against His Father David to over throw him from the throne…David gathered up His people and fled because He was afraid of Absalom and the evil that followed him. This was the same King David that killed the bear, the lion and the great philistine Giant Goliath…David’s heart was overwhelmed from his mourning and despair which left him in a state of turmoil and a sense of weariness. His issues began to overtake him and He lost sight of God —Instead, David began to run from a mere man— His own son…II Samuel 17 states that David and His people became hungry, thirsty, and weary, in the wilderness. Not only was there a natural hunger, thirst, weariness, and loss of direction in the wilderness, David also suffered from spiritual hunger and thirst for the righteousness of God and He grew weary of toiling in his own strength which brought him to a spiritual wilderness. However, II Samuel Chapter 17 shows that David came to His senses and he received both natural and spiritual provisions…this was about the time that David wrote Psalms 27. David realized that his confidence was found only as he solely desired to run and return to his first love—the dwelling place of God. He then submitted His life fully to God.
Many have talked about the aforementioned sins of David throughout II Samuel. However, David’s problems actually started before any of these sins manifested…his problem started when he elevated his position of authority above the almighty God and abused his power as king. This is where idolatry and deception began in David’s life. When David came to his senses he declared exuberantly in Psalm 27:1-3 “the Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and my foes they stumbled and fell. Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident. Then David’s confidence kicked in and he said: one thing have I desired of the lord that will I seek after –is that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life to behold the beauty…(sweet attractiveness, the splendor, the holiness, the grace) of the Lord and to inquire in his temple… God then covered David with his supernatural grace as David beheld the beauty of the Lord (Amazingly, Beauty is defined as Grace in the Hebrew–God’s unmerited Favor—the reward that we can’t ever work for….His GRACE is always sufficient for us!) At this moment, David and his people were no longer hungry, thirsty, or weary in the wilderness. David came to the realization that only God could fill his hunger for righteousness–only God could be his strength in his time of weariness and only God could quench His thirst in his dry dessert wilderness. David’s renewal brought him so much confidence in God that II Samuel chapter 18 stated that for the first time David stopped running from man and gathered his people to fight back…He had so much renewed energy that he was ready to fight with the army.
David overcame his sin of Idolatry and Adultery against God as he renewed his relationship in the presence of God. So what Spiritual Provisions are available to us when we run to or return to the Power of God’s Presence? These provisions can be found in Psalm 27 verses 5 through 14. These provisions were available to David when he exuberantly declared them by faith and they are available to us today through our faith in Jesus Christ!
God will hide us in the time of trouble and set us upon a rock
“For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.”
This rock is Jesus. When my heart is overwhelmed, He leads me to the rock that is higher than I. The name of Jesus is above every name (he is higher than your hurts, your problems and all of your issues)
God lifts up our head and causes us to offer sacrifices of joy and praises unto God.
“And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.”
When God lifts up our head, we do not need validation or approval from any man. Idols are often formed when we seek validation outside of how God sees us. We must love God (only) with all our heart, soul, and mind and we will discover that in his presence there is fullness of Joy and that the joy of the Lord is our strength. We should never place our confidence in the wisdom of any man. One of the great dangers of Idolatry is seen in many churches today that have taken on a “University Style” of fellowship. Members of this style of church sit back in the university of great learning while being taught by so called leaders who have achieved tenure status in the word. These members sit back and take notes never questioning or testing the spirit to see if the word is from God. This practice often leads us to Idolatry, which is an unquestioning, improper excessive admiration to these so-called leaders. It seems as though the crisis in our church today has caused us to create yet another class in society. Like the Young Urban Professionals (Yuppies) and the Black Urban Professionals (Buppies) many have now taken on this new fashion as if the church is now a group of Christian Urban Professionals (Cuppies). But God is saying flee idolatry and RUN to the power of His presence! Do not be deceived by idol worship. The last time I checked the word of God, it stated that we are all the same at the foot of the Cross—the place where we first saw the light. We must return to our first love before it is too late.
Another danger is found as many in the Body of Christ intellectualize the presence of God and react to the offering of sacrifices of joy and praises unto God with mockery. This behavior unknowingly lessens the power of God in our own lives and causes us to continue in a life of defeat. I have heard believers making comments such as “it doesn’t take all that so you need to get out of “la la” land and stop operating in sensationalism”…but God’s word says that in “His presence there is fullness of Joy. I’ve often said that we better leave people alone when it comes to the way they choose to worship and praise God because you never know what God has delivered them from…and sometimes you don’t want to find out—it may blow your mind…I guarantee you that if God delivered you from something horrific…you won’t walk around casually talking about —oh bless the Lord. You too will be sing lalalalala! The oil of joy is fully available in the lala land of God’s presence!
God grants us mercy when we cry out and causes our hearts to yield in His presence
Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When you said , “Seek My face,” My heart said to you, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
Let us learn to freely worship God with out approval and hindrances from man. The word of God says that where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Liberty. David knew the power of God’s presence and never apologized for the way he worshipped God. David’s act of worship showed His full love for God with all his heart, soul, and mind.
God never hides His face from us and never leaves nor forsakes us.
“Do not hide your face from me; Do not turn your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the Lord will take care of me.
God stand ready, willing and able to deliver us from all our troubles. The power of God’s presence assures us that we are never alone.
God teaches us His way and leads us in a smooth path.
“Teach me your way, Oh Lord, And lead me in a smooth path because of my enemies. Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; For false witnesses have risen against me, and such as breathe out violence.”
As false witnesses, false prophets, and leaders run rampant we can know that in the power of God’s presence the Lord will teach us his way and the mere wisdom of man will never deceive us. True Godly leaders should always work together with God in building and empowering God’s people to propel into purpose, movement, and destiny…this is important so that the Gospel of the Kingdom may be preached throughout the entire world. A false leader often posses a controlling spirit which hinders the discovery of individual purpose and robs us of our Godly uniqueness that is vital to advancing the Kingdom of God.
Lastly, in the power of God’s presence, we will learn courageous faith to wait for God as we expect to see His goodness in the land of the living
“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed to that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And he shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say on the Lord!”
Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Seek His presence and courageously expect the rewards of His goodness in the land of the living!
When we run to God’s presence to seek His face–desiring solely to dwell in the Power of His presence the Lord will reveal His purpose for our lives. Many people have asked –how do you know your purpose…my answer always is– seek his face and stay in His Presence…Behold His beauty and inquire while you are there. Jesus is our ultimate example. He came down from heaven in the form of a mere man leaving his divinity behind. Jesus sought the face of His Father and he inquired in GOD’S presence for instructions…Jesus also faced many enemies and he faced despair…But he learned to wait on his Father as He faced these enemies and as He faced the final despair of the Cross…Paul said that this Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith “for the joy that was set before him He endured the cross.” He always ran to Power of His Father’s presence because this is where he found his strength to fulfill his purpose (in the presence of God there is fullness of Joy). Jesus sought the power of God’s presence until He became the Christ and was anointed to do His Father’s will of becoming Saviour for all mankind. Isaiah 61 says:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance to our God; To comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. There is a great exchange that occurs between lost man and God if we learn to have one desire (to love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul and all our mind) to seek His face and to run to his presence. We must also know that the Spirit of God is sevenfold as stated in Isaiah 11. Seeking God’s presence makes the supernatural a natural part of our daily lives. The Spirit of the Lord is made up of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Might, knowledge, and reverential and obedient fear of the Lord.
The Body of Christ must come to grips with the fact that our world is dying and that our society is rapidly deteriorating before our eyes…there are many who are poor and brokenhearted, there are many who are in spiritual and natural captivity and are in darkness in normal prisons and in the prison of their own minds, there are many who are mourning and are in despair. God needs us to take the Gospel of His Kingdom to the world. This Gospel of the Kingdom reveals His BEAUTY (HIS GRACE) and takes away the ashes, it also reveals his OIL OF JOY and takes away the mourning, it reveals the garment of praise (where He lives and stands ready to assist us during every time of trouble ) to take away despair….God spoke through Haggai the prophet as he stated “Is it time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin? Give careful thought to your ways…Go up to the mountain and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored.” As we look around there are churches on almost every corner of our society. What effect are we having on this world? How are we truly advancing the Kingdom of God on Earth as it is in Heaven? Who is running to the Power of God’s Presence to obtain answers for building the Kingdom of God?
Jesus stated in John chapter 14…in my Father’s House there are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am…He further stated when He was questioned by Thomas, “I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE no one comes to the Father except through me.”
Jesus was saying that He is the Doorway to your room that allows you to come in and worship the Father in the Power of His Presence in Spirit and In Truth…So that you can truly find the Life of an unbroken fellowship with God…a place where you see Him in the beauty of His holiness, a place where we find purpose to assist God in building his Kingdom. Right now let us recommit our lives to God and return to our first love. Let us run now to the Power of God’s Presence. Let us Go up to the mountain to bring down timber to build the house of the Lord….You see the body is in such a crisis…Let us now make a conscious decision to turn away from our sin of Idolatry and Adultery against God. Let us turn away from the Wisdom of Man and our earthly carnal desires and Run to Power of God…Let us exchange all of our burdens now for a time of refreshing….Let us Behold the Beauty of the Lord, His HOLINESS, Splendor, sweet attractiveness, His grace, Let us access the Oil of Joy and put on the garment of praise (the place where God Dwells) and let us inquire in HIS temple and learn of Gods ways and His purpose for our own life.