Oh God, Please Come Down!

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Isaiah 64:1-8 (KJV) Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence, 2 As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence! 3 When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence. 4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. 5 Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is a continuance, and we shall be saved. 6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags, and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. 7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities. 8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

The Bible tells us that God is everywhere. When the Apostle Paul spoke at Mars Hill he said:

Acts 17:28 (NKJV) … for in Him we live and move and have our being…

and David, a man after God’s own heart, wrote:

Psalm 139:7-12 (NKJV)Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.

God is everywhere. In fact, God indwells His people. He makes His home in us. He tells us:

1 Corinthians 3:16 (NKJV) Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

Romans 8:11 (NKJV) But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

God indwells His people. God has promised to never leave nor forsake His people (Hebrews 13:5).If this is true, then

Why Are There Times When God Seems So Far Away?

We know what the Scripture says. We know that God has promised to be with us. Yet there are times when trials and tribulations strike, when our lives are seemingly filled with darkness, and it seems as if God is miles away.

In Isaiah 64 God’s Israel had been conquered and carried away into captivity. The world had overwhelmed them. They were transported from the place where God’s Temple was an into an unknown country. So they cried out to God. Isaiah 64 is a prayer from a desperate people. They cry out:

Isaiah 64:1 (KJV) Oh that Thou wouldest rend the heavens, that Thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at Thy presence,

Why does God seem so distant at times?
Could it be that we have allowed our pride to stand between us and our God?
Could it be – like the Laodicean Church – that we have become complacent?
Are we satisfied with our STUFF and do not want our SAVIOR and SHEPHERD?
Could the problem be SIN?

God’s people are loved by God, but do WE love God? Do we really want God to come down? To be in our midst? Or do we just want to hear a sermon within a certain allotted time slot, to sing a few songs, and get out of here before the Pentecostals and Methodists raid the food bar at Farmer’s Restaurant?

God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6)

When God called Israel out of Egypt it was HIS PRESENCE that gave them power. The Church today in America seems to have forgotten that our power is not in our catechisms, our rituals, our buildings, or our denominations. Our power is in our God. Our strength is that He is in our midst. We must EXPERIENCE His Presence. As long as God led Israel:

Exodus 13:21-22 (NKJV) And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. 22 He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people.

Israel was not defeated. Israel went through the Red Sea as if on dry land, whereas the armies of Egypt – led by Pharaoh – drowned.

When God is present His people are PROTECTED.
When God is present His people PROSPER.
When God is present His people have POWER.
When God is present His people have PURPOSE.

Oh, how we need our God!
Oh, how we need His Presence!

As long as Israel trusted God then they were invincible. But when Israel allowed the world to come into their thought processes, when they began to trade God’s Greatness for satan’s silk, they got into trouble.

Great leaders will remind their people that they need God. When Israel finally went into the Promised Land under Joshua was told by God to tell Israel:

Joshua 4:5-7 (NKJV) “Cross over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, 6 that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ 7 Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.”

When this Church was built, when stone was laid upon stone, for what reason were the stones laid? They were laid to remember how good our God is. Every brick, every board, every stitch of carpet was placed here to be a memorial that our God loves us and that Jesus Christ gave Himself for us. We gather in this place to worship Him. But when we leave this place we do not worship Him less. Our lives are dedicated to worshiping our God.

I love my mother. She is with Jesus today. I love mothers. Happy Mother’s Day! But first and foremost in our hearts is to be our God. It is our God Who made our mothers and our fathers. It is God Who made us. We need God’s Presence in our churches today. We need God’s presence in OUR CHURCH.

Isaiah 64:1 (KJV) Oh that Thou wouldest rend the heavens, that Thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at Thy presence,

In Isaiah’s prayer – and his prayer should be our prayer – he is SEEKING God’s Face. Did you come to Church today to seek God’s Face or God’s Hand? Oh, how we need God’s Face. If you are under trials you do not need God’s HAND as much as you need God’s Face. I pray that you would understand this.

We Are Lepers Who Need God

Years ago I preached a revival in a little dead Church. I guess I should say I ATTEMPTED to preach a revival. I remember seeing the sign out front of the Church – yes it was Baptist – and though I cannot remember the name of the Church I can remember thinking it should have “Frigidaire” in its name. On that day I preached a sermon from Luke 17 on Ten Lepers who sought out Jesus for healing. Jesus had just passed through Samaria and Galilee. The Bible says:

Luke 17:12-13 (NKJV) Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. 13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

Leprosy was a terrible disease. It broke families apart. It took mothers from their children and caused poverty as no one would hire a leper. It was a terrible scourge. Jesus healed all ten lepers and told them

Luke 17:14 (NKJV) “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.

But the story doesn’t end here. The Bible tells us that:

Luke 17:15-19 (NKJV) And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with A LOUD VOICE GLORIFIED GOD, 16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. 17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? 18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

One leper got it – he needed GOD.

One glorified God.
He glorified God by returning to Jesus.
He glorified God by bending the knee and worshiping the Son.
He glorified God by taking the life that Jesus returned to him and
gave just a tiny bit of it back to the Lord.

I remember as I stood at the door of the Church shaking hands with people as they left one bitter old woman came up to me. She said – and I quote

The nine did what they were supposed to do!”

I did not argue with her, but my heart hurt for her spiritual condition. Do you not see? God deserves to be worshiped for the lives that He has given us. God is ever present with us. But God seems far away when we make life about ourselves.

The Mountains Melt When God Is With Me

When God is with us the mountains flow down. When we love God mountains will melt.

Isaiah 64:1 (KJV) Oh that Thou wouldest rend the heavens, that Thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at Thy presence,

Oh, how the Presence of God makes life better. The Psalmist said:

Psalm 1:1-3 (NKJV) Blessed is the man

Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,

Nor stands in the path of sinners,

Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,

And in His law, he meditates day and night.

3 He shall be like a tree

Planted by the rivers of water,

That brings forth its fruit in its season,

Whose leaf also shall not wither;

And whatever he does shall prosper.

Where God is there is the blessing. When Adam chose to walk away from God he found himself and his wife clothed in the fig leaves of self-righteousness. We need the Presence of God.

When we love God mountains of pride, bigotry, and indifference will melt. Hatreds die out where God is. The sins of the flesh do not rule us where God is. The Scripture declares:

Galatians 5:16-17 (NKJV) I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another so that you do not do the things that you wish.

When you are walking in self and selfishness, you are not walking in the Lord. But when you are walking with the Lord He will sustain you. He will cause the mountains to flow down, and the valleys to rise.

Where God is, sinners will repent. We read:

Isaiah 64:2 (KJV) As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!

A Church that walks together with Christ will be on fire and in love. When we are on fire for God the lost are attracted like a moth to aflame. We do not need to compromiseGod’s Word to reach sinners. We need to live in Him, doing as He said. When we live in the power and presence of God then the Word of God goes forth.

It is not our strength that will win the lost, but the strength of God in our midst. When His Shekinah Glory is among His people great things happen. God does surprising things when He comes down. We read:

Isaiah 64:3 (KJV) When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.

Isaiah prays “Lord when You came down You did TERRIBLE things we didn’t look for!”

I remember years ago in a Church service when God came down. I was standing at the front of the Church and the people were singing the final hymn. I closed my eyes to pray that God would have His way. I felt as if I had done so poorly in preaching His Gospel that day, so I prayed. As I was praying silently I heard the sound of running feet and a mother’s cry. I opened my eyes to see a young girl – only eight years old – kneeling at the altar begging God for salvation. Her mother was next to her, and as I approached the altar she looked at me and said “Brother David, help her. Help her.”I asked that precious child what she wanted, and she told me she wanted Jesus in her life. As we talked she prayed, and there she met the Lord.

God came down.
Church, God came down.
God melted that little girl’s heart.
She came to Christ that day.

I remember another time when we had our hymn of invitation, and after the third verse (when people usually start putting up their hymnals) I told the worship leader to keep them singing. I don’t know why. It just was. As we sang to the end of the hymn and started over again a young man who was nearly blind stepped out into the aisle, walked halfway down, and fell to his knees. There I met him, and he gave his life to Christ. God came down, and he met the Lord and took His hand.

Oh, that God would come down and melt that hard heart!
Oh that every person today would feel His Presence.
How we need God to come down.

God Comes Down For Those Who Love Him

Isaiah 64:4 (KJV) For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

The Bible says that those who wait upon the Lord will receive an immeasurable blessing. The Scripture reiterates this time and time again:

Psalm 27:14 (NKJV) wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!

Psalm 37:9 (NKJV) For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the Lord, They shall inherit the earth.

Psalm 37:34 (NKJV) wait on the Lord And keep His way, And He shall exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.

Isaiah 30:18 (NKJV) Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him.

What does it mean to “wait on the Lord”? It means to LOOK for Him. To SERVE Him. To SEEK His Presence. To LOVE Him as He loves you.

We turn away from God when we wallow in sin. The Bible says:

Isaiah 64:5 (KJV) Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is a continuance, and we shall be saved.

God MEETS those who rejoice and work righteousness. He comes to those who cherish His Presence and live for Him. When we compromise with the world God will not manifest Himself to us. But when we trust and honor Him and do what He says He will come down. Dr. R.A. Torreyonce said:

“… let a few Christians – they need not be many – get thoroughly right with God themselves. … Let them bind themselves together to pray for revival until God opens the Heavens and comes down…”

Let us repent of our sins. Let us turn to God our Savior. The Scripture says:

Isaiah 64:6-7 (KJV) But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags, and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. 7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.

To WAIT on God is to turn from sin.
Sin is not to be cherished but REPENTED of.
Sin is uncleanliness.
God will not come down where sin is cherished.
God is Holy. Sin is a filthy rag.

That word “filthy rag” is a reference to a leper’s clothing. Lepers would wrap themselves in cloth to cover their sores, their disease. Sin is a disease. How do we get rid of sin?

We recognize SIN as SIN.
We recognize OUR RIGHTEOUSNESSES as FILTHY RAGS.
We see INIQUITY as something that carries us away from our God.
We need to call upon the Name of God.
We need to stir ourselves up to take hold of Christ.
This is the only way we will be blessed.

When we trust Him and love Him and seek Him and guard His Word, doing as He requires, then God shapes and molds us.

Isaiah 64:8 (KJV) But now, O LORD, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our Potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

He is God. We are not. We will stop telling God what to do and let HIM tell US what to do. To WAIT on the Lord is to – like a waiter – TAKE HIS ORDER and do as He demands. God is our Father. God is our Potter. We are the Children,

John 1:12 (NKJV) But as many as RECEIVED HIM, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:

When a person receives Christ as Lord and Savior the Creator give that person the right to become Children of God. God walks with His Children. God directs His Children. The Potter shapes the Clay as He so desires. When we step away from the Presence of God and begin to live our lives without Him then we bring the curse of uselessness and emptiness on ourselves.

Isaiah 64:10-11 (KJV) Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. 11 Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste.

America is in turmoil. We are in a terrible state. How shall we return to a better day?

We need the Lord.
We need His Presence.
We need to walk with Him daily.

May God touch our hearts by His Word.

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