“He brought me forth also into a large place, he delivered me because he delighted in me” (Psalm 18:19).
We are encouraged, taught, and commanded to; “seek the Lord while He may be found” and just where are we to find Him? Jesus promised that if we would simply “seek…ye shall find,” there are many places to seek-look, where do we start? We are to seek Him in the heavenly places, the high places, the wilderness, in the city and even the Valley of the Shadow of Death? David a man who diligently sought God made himself available to God and was brought “into a large place.” David proved it is possible to be one place physically and another place spiritually.
Call it human nature, covetousness, temptation, competitive spirit or the desire for more, the human heart longs for something better,“a large place.” What exactly is this large place we pursue with so much energy and devotion? It should be nothing but Jehovah-El Shaddai—The Almighty God, that infinite source in whom all things, visible and invisible, small and large were created and exist. Considering the minimalist Christian perspective God is a large place indeed, and it was through humiliation, abasement and nothingness that David was delivered to this large place.
Do not be afraid to enter the large place that is the source of your strength, your faith and yes your life. God is that large place filled with the radiant light of His glory. When your life seems darkest and you feel most forsaken, God in the large place is near. “I bare you on eagle’s wings, and brought you unto myself” (Exodus 19:4). The Children of Israel waited in the valley, but Moses went up the mountain and found Him in the dark cloud: “Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was” (Exodus 20:21). Plunge into the blackness of its darkness without flinching and you will find God waiting there for you.
Our spiritual maturity is hinged on our willingness and ability to distinguish between the reality of God’s presence and our presence before Him. Moses was first given the revelation of how large of a place the presence of God is when He said: “I Am Who I Am” (Exodus 3:14) suggesting that “I Am all there is.” Moses must have felt the sense of urgency standing in His presence. There is no fussing, arguing or compulsion, but simply and directly—if you want to be seated with Jesus you must be devoted to Jesus, this is the whole duty of man in our reasonable service walking and standing before God. The Apostle Paul in a letter to Titus writes that this is “our rightful place” (Titus 1:2).
Jehovah is present, accessible, near to those who call on Him for deliverance out of the low places, ask for forgiveness for being in the wrong places and guidance along the path of righteousness that leads to a seat in the heavenly places. Jesus’ disciple Peter tells us that we are going to have to go through some things before we get there: “But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings that when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy” (I-Peter 4:13). God has secrets, hidden from the wise and prudent, but for those who wait patiently and seek Him diligently the treasures of darkness and the riches of the glory of finding God’s face in the large place will be revealed.
“Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain. So God granted him (Jabez) what he requested” (1- Chronicles 4:10). We are to take ourselves out of the physical world, a small place, and into the spiritual world and behave according to its values, truths, and realities, then and only then will be brought forth also into a large place. “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2). God loves us, Jesus died for us, the Holy Spirit rest and abides with us and His grace is sufficient for us. Be blessed until the blessed call you blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ