Come Down, Lord #1 – Come Down
God is present everywhere. Yet the consistent language of heaven where God dwells is always up! Psalm 123:1 says, “I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven.”
Since God is “up” in heaven, we invite God to “come down”, visit us in power, and manifest his very real presence among us. “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down” (Isaiah 64:1).
• When God’s people were slaves in Egypt, the Lord came down to rescue them (Exodus 3:8).
• In the giving of the Old Testament law, God came down upon Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:18, 20).
• In his distress, David cried out to God for help, and God “parted the heavens and came down” (Psalm 18:9).
• In confronting the false gods and false prophets, Elijah dramatically called down fire from heaven. “Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench” (1 Kings 18:38).
• The prophet Micah further speaks of the Lord coming down, in this case, for judgment. “Look! The LORD is coming from his dwelling place; he comes down and treads on the heights of the earth” (Micah 1:3).
• And when Jesus was baptized in water, the Spirit of God came down upon him, “descending like a dove and alighting on him” (Matthew 3:16).
• Later, on the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came down upon God’s seeking people, pouring out his presence and filling them with power to be witnesses for Jesus (Acts 1:8; 2:2-4).
And God keeps coming down in our worship, our prayers, in response to our great needs. God comes down, being outpoured upon us like a mighty waterfall or a gentle rain, bringing us refreshing and renewal (Joel 2:29).
God comes down constantly as we call out to him. He steps into our personal and family situations. He brings answers in our decision making. He comes alongside us in our workplace. He enters into global crises. He comes promoting justice and bringing peace.
“Spirit break out, heaven come down. We want to see your kingdom here.”
Action Step: What would it mean to you for God to come down into your life today?
~ Pastor Dave