Making Him Welcome
When David brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, he appointed Levites to continually praise and worship. Evidently this celebration seemed so satisfactory to David that he realized there should be permanent worship surrounding the Ark of the Covenant.
What a word this gives to us who want His presence to be at home within us! As we offer praise and worship Him, we prepare the way for Him to make His presence known in our spirits.
God "inhabitest the praises of Israel" (Psalm 22:3 KJV). Inhabitest is the common word for dwell used over 900 times in the Old Testament. For instance, the same word is translated as "sat" in 1 Chronicles 17:16: "Then King David went in and sat before the Lord." God is at rest in our praises.
When we want an awareness of His presence, we must provide a spirit of praise that welcomes Him--that make Him say with delight, "This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it" (Psalm 132:14).
"How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty" (Psalm 84:1). When He comes to dwell within, He brings beauty to our spirits.
Dear Lord, You are the Lover of my soul, and I long to give You pleasure through my worship.
"I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth" (Psalm 34:1).