The Biblical concept of the presence of God is more than His omnipresence; it is His active, powerful presence in our lives.
The presence of God is a …
1. Guiding presence (Exodus 33:14)
2. Protective presence (Psalm 23:4)
3. Joyful presence (16:11)
4. Reassuring presence (Matthew 18:20)
5. Comforting presence (John 14:18).
A man once asked me the meaning of Christ praying from the cross, “My God … why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34) if God never leaves us, I explained that Christ was experiencing the depth of human loneliness and alienation brought on by becoming our sin. Sin makes us feel estranged from God, fearful that God has abandoned us like cosmic orphans in the universe.
That’s the feeling: “My God, why have You left me?” But the fact is: “I will never leave you.” So we hear the psalmist declare of the Christ, “You will not abandon me to the grave … you will fill me with joy in your presence” (16:10, 11).