II Samuel 5:17-25
Key Verse: Verse 24 - “And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines."
Key Words: in the tops of the mulberry trees
In our key verse, we see God advising David – do not move until you hear from Me; but when you hear the sound in the mulberry trees, that is your queue to move. So the mulberry tree is the tree of awareness. David was aware of the presence of God by the moving of the mulberry trees.
For some, their mulberry tree is a hospital bed; but for others, it is a revival meeting; still to others this mulberry tree may be standing in front of a casket. But the mulberry tree is the tree of being aware of God’s presence.
A number of times in my forty-five years in the ministry, I have been keenly aware of the presence of God, but never more so than when we buried my grandson on April 17, 2004. Our family could have never made it through such a trial if it were not for the presence of God.
One Christmas Eve the telephone rang in the office of the Pastor of a church in Washington, DC. “Tell me, Reverend,” the voice inquired, “are you holding a Christmas Eve service tonight?” When advised that there would certainly be a service that evening, the caller asked, “And do you expect President Roosevelt to attend your church tonight?”
“That,” explained the Pastor patiently, “I cannot promise. I am not sure about the President’s plans for the evening. But I can say that we fully expect God to be in our church tonight, and we feel secure in the knowledge that His attendance will attract a reasonably large congregation.”
My prayer for you is that you desire the presence of God in your personal life, in your home, and in your church more than you desire anything else.
What to do:
✞ Remember the mulberry tree and the presence of God.
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