Psalms 68:1-4 NKJV Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered; Let those also who hate Him flee before Him. (2) As smoke is driven away, So drive them away; As wax melts before the fire, So let the wicked perish at the presence of God. (3) But let the righteous be glad; Let them rejoice before God; Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly. (4) Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name YAH, And rejoice before Him.
I think it was the spring of 2002 when I first heard my pastor share a phrase that one of our pastor friends in Mexico said during some meetings. “La differencia es la presencia.” That means the difference is the presence. In any meeting, in any service and in any circumstance it is His presence that makes all the difference in the world.
I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of that phrase over the years and can’t help but to think about it when I read these Scriptures. It really doesn’t matter the circumstance. It seriously doesn’t matter the report. In the presence of the Father God all oppression, all fear, and anything that sets itself in opposition to His Word and His people that are residing in His presence is driven away. Fear melts away like wax near a fire in His presence.
There are a number of verses that liken God to fire. He appeared to the Children of Israel as a pillar of fire (Exodus 13:21-22). Moses encountered God as a bush burning with fire (Exodus 3:2). John the Baptist said Jesus baptizes with the Holy Spirit and FIRE (Luke 3:16). Hebrews 12:29 just comes right out and says, “…God is a consuming fire.”
The fire that will melt the circumstances, symptoms, and things you fear is available to you. As a Child of God, His presence is with you always by His Spirit. How much of His presence you experience is up to you. Your job is to turn up the heat and get closer to the flame.
You ever light a candle? You light the wick and the flame begins to burn. Slowly the wax begins to melt and drip down the sides. My mother loved candles used to have cabinets full of them and one thing she always told us to do was to trim the wick. You see by keeping the wick trimmed you eliminate some smoke from the candle, but more importantly you slow down the burn. The flame is shorter and it keeps the candle burning a little cooler. That is good for maintaining your candles but we want to as much flame as we can stand when it comes to His presences. Now if you turn up the heat by having a longer wick or by setting a propane torch on high right next to that candle, it isn’t going to last long. That wax is going to melt away to nothing in no time. That’s what we want to do with the things causing fear in our life… melt them away to nothing. How do we do that? In His presence. His presence is what makes the difference. So let’s turn up the heat of His presence.
One way we can do this is through our praise and worship. Psalm 22:3 tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people. As you praise Him you can increase His presence wherever you are. Psalm 68 also gives us a few things we can do to increase His presence. It says the righteous should: 1. Be Glad. 2. Rejoice. 3. Rejoice exceedingly. 4. Sing to Him and sing praises to Him. 5. Extol Him (Glorify and wildly praise Him. In other words take your praise up another notch.). 6. Then is says rejoice some more before Him.
As you get happy and praise Him then praise Him some more. His presence and your awareness of His presence around you will magnify and become more tangible. As it does, like wax before the fire your fear will begin to melt away in His presence. His presence make all the difference. La presencia es la differencia.
Psalms 68:3-4 NKJV But let the righteous be glad; Let them rejoice before God; Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly. (4) Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name YAH, And rejoice before Him.