“And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his household.” (2 Sam. 6:11)
King David needed a place to temporarily put the Ark of the Covenant, so they asked a man named Obededom if he would allow them to store it in his house until they could figure out how to move it back to Jerusalem. The Ark of the Covenant represented the presence of God. For three months, Obededom and his family enjoyed the presence of God in their home.
Notice some things we learn about having the presence of God in our home.
FIRST—God’s Presence Must Be Invited In.
David didn’t force himself into Obededom’s home. The only reason the Ark was stored there was because Obededom willingly invited them to put it there. He welcomed the presence of God into his home.
There is a simple reason why the presence of God is not felt in many homes…it’s not wanted! When sin is permitted to stay in the home, the presence of God cannot remain there. Obededom had to make room for the Ark. Too many homes have crowded out God’s presence with other things.
SECOND—Anyone Can Have God’s Presence in Their Home.
Obededom wasn’t even an Israelite; he was a Gittite! That goes to show us that anyone who is willing to have the presence of God in their lives can have it. You don’t have to be a pastor, evangelist, or missionary to have the presence of God in your home. Anyone who will invite God in can have His presence!
THIRD—God’s Presence Will Bring God’s Blessings.
The last part of the verse says, “and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his household.” If you want your home to be blessed; if you want your marriage to be blessed; if you want your children to be blessed, then invite the presence of God to rule in your home. God’s presence not only blessed Obededom, but “all his household.”
Is there something that is hindering the presence of God from being in your home? If so, get rid of it and invite God to rule. Then, He will not only be in your living room; He will be in EVERY room!