Find Your Spiritual Trysting Place

In my book, The Altar of His Presence, we studied some of the geographical places where altars were built and graced with the Lord’s manifested Presence to those of precious faith. These hallowed sites are known either because of the divine revelations or angelic appearances that supplemented the building of an altar. Mostly for sacrificing, sometimes only as a memorial, altars were named.

 

Moses named his Jehovah Nissi, and Gideon named his the Lord is Peace. Others, like the one built by the leaders of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh, were not for burnt offering, nor sacrifice, but as a witness and testimony (see Josh. 22:26-27). Altars were made only of earth or unhewn stone on which no iron tool was used and without steps going up to them (see Exod. 20:24-26). With each of them there was neither spectacle nor decoration allowed. The altar was to be plain and simple, for it was the meeting place between God and man and therefore a place of shedding of blood without which there is no remission of sin (see Lev. 17:11; Heb. 9:22). The altar is a place of interaction with the Lord for us only through the offering of an innocent life.

 

From our solar system’s blazing hot sun to the tiniest moon in Jupiter’s orbit and everything in between, God has places. An altar is a place of purpose that conveys this truth—the Lord wants to meet with us. What could be the purpose of human beings having a meeting place with God? For what purpose would God choose the altar as His place to meet with man? Perhaps you have similar questions about the possible alien visitations or odd manifestations found at Stonehenge or Easter Island.

 

Apparently, the early patriarchs found the real answer. Surviving worldwide flood, generations-destroying famine, and the loss of mankind’s righteousness for sin, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and Elijah all built altars. Upon these altars these men of faith offered sacrifices to the Lord as an offering of thanksgiving and praise for the Lord’s guidance, protection, sustenance, strength, or blessing. Each one found the altar’ed life as promised in Exodus 30:6.

 

Each altar had one ultimate purpose. That purpose was to create a meeting place with the Lord God Almighty. The Hebrew mind viewed the altar as a place where men and women came to worship. It was the place where the passion for and the movement toward the Lord came together. At an altar, Abel offered his finest lamb, while Noah’s provided a sweet aroma that rose to the Lord. Where Abraham’s altar saw the salvation of a promised son; Joshua’s celebrated the entrance into the Promised Land. Gideon’s altar saw deliverance, and Elijah’s changed a nation.

 

Through the day where is the place that you meet with the Lord? Can you sense the sweet stirrings of the Holy Spirit there? Are you tired of living without passion or unfulfilled purpose? Does your heart still thirst for the living water of the Spirit as the deer pants for a cool mountain stream?

 

If you haven’t found a trysting place, do so now. Find an uncommon place, either in space or time, to get together with the Lord and His people. Meet regularly. Wait patiently. Call expectantly. Pray unceasingly. At the altar, the Lord will meet you. Every meeting you have with Him will alter your life toward the divine plan and purpose given to you by the Lord.

 

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Standing on Holy Ground

When the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush, and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”  Then He said, “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” He said also, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Exodus 3:5 NASB

 

There is a spiritual principle that we must come to understand and embrace. The principle is this, “Whatever is connected with the worship of the holy LORD is itself holy. Nothing is holy in itself, but anything (and anyone) becomes holy by being connected and consecrated to Him.” Therefore, any place where He manifests His Presence is holy ground (Exodus 3:5). The tabernacle or temple in which His glory is revealed is a holy building (Exodus 28:29); and all its sacrifices (Exodus 29:33), ceremonial materials (30:25) and utensils (1 Kings 8:4) are also holy. The Sabbath is holy because it is the Sabbath of the Lord (Exodus 20:8-11).

 

Holiness, in short, is expressive. Like fashionable clothes, holiness is always noticed. We who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ for our eternal salvation have been chosen and set apart unto God. Therefore, like the Tabernacle or Temple in the Old Testament, we have become the dwelling place of God, hence, we are holy. Because our bodies have been made from the dust of the earth, we are standing on and in holy ground. That is why we are admonished throughout the Scripture to remove any garments of sin and decay and to put on the garments (the character) that reveals the holiness of God.

 

What does holiness worn by a believer look like? Isaiah prophesied it would be like wearing a garment of praise instead of a spirit of heaviness. When Paul told the Church in Rome to put on (wear as a garment) the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul was telling the Church that holiness would show forth the goodness, the grace and the glory that God has shown to us and exchanged for our sin and decay.

 

Holiness can also be described as wholeness. It has been said that, “if a half-a-man marries half-a-woman to get half-a-marriage.” To have a whole marriage we must be whole people who marry others who are whole as well. To be whole or holy means that as people who are filled with the Presence of God, we are to be kind, considerate and helpful. We are to have a spirit of humility where we take the low road of modesty instead of the high road or arrogance. We put on the Lord’s meekness, patience, and love. Being “holy ground” means that we are patient with others while becoming able to persevere through difficult times. We should seek to focus on forbearance so that we can bear the weakness, flaws and irritations of others. Let us offer forgiveness to everyone we meet so that we purposely pardon and release those who have wronged us (just as Christ readily forgave us of all our sins).

 

The Lord has chosen to manifest His Holy Presence in and through our lives. Thus, we are His Holy Ground. Our lives should no longer be viewed as common, but dedicated to the will and purposes of our Lord and Savior. The injunction, “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (Leviticus 11:44; 19:2), plainly implies an ethical conception. In ourselves, we cannot resemble God in His divine attributes. But, by the Presence, purpose and power of the Holy Spirit, we can shine His likeness along the lines of those moral qualities of righteousness and love in which true holiness consists. In the Psalmists and Prophets, the Divine holiness becomes, above all, an ethical reality convicting men of sin (Isaiah:3:1) and demanding of those who would stand in His Presence to have clean hands and a pure heart (Psalm 24:3).

 

The Holy Presence of the Lord within us makes us holy ground. Being led by Spirit in the paths of righteousness, for His Name’s sake, should cause His light, life and love to shine through us. The Bible tends to say that rocks can talk and trees can clap their hands. Perhaps we should think more like the burning bush that Moses ran into. Perhaps we should ask the Lord to cause others to see, hear and come in contact with Him through us.

I am reminded of these words written by the great song writer, Bill Gaither:

We are standing on holy ground
For I know that there are angels all around
Let us praise Jesus now
For we are standing in His Presence on holy ground


Verse 2
In His Presence I know there is joy beyond all measure
And at His feet sweet peace of mind can still be found
For when we have a need He is still the answer
Reach out and claim it for we are standing on holy ground


(chorus)
We are standing on holy ground
For I know that there are angels all around
Let us praise Jesus now
For we are standing in His Presence on holy ground.

(Bill Gaither, We Are Standing On Holy Ground© 2017 Gaither Music)