Have you ever wondered what it means to ‘host the Presence of God?’

King David wrote:

‘One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.’ (Ps 27:24)

The unusual circumstances in which God answered this cry of David’s heart—with the help of a man called Obed Edom —have something to teach us today.

The Day God’s Presence was too Hot to Handle

King David discovered the hard way that God’s Presence is to be honoured as holy.

His intentions were good—bring the Ark of God’s Covenant to Jerusalem, so that God’s Presence, along with praise and worship, could be at the centre of Israel.

Unfortunately, David turned to the ways of the world, not the way of God’s Word, to determine how to transport the Ark. [1] As a result, one well-intentioned young man on David’s team lost his life.

Deeply disturbed and upset, King David took the Ark of the Covenant aside, to the property of Obed Edom. (Read the full story in 2 Sam 6)

What Happened When Obed Edom Hosted God’s Presence:

Obed Edom opened the gate to his property and King David brought in the Ark of the Covenant, and with it, the glory and manifest Presence of God. What happened as a result is an inspiration for us today:

1. Personal Blessing on his Property and Household

The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire household. (2 Sam 6:11)

When Obed Edom hosted God’s Presence, everything and everyone in Obed Edom’s life was touched by God and blessed.

The Bible doesn’t tell us that Obed Edom did anything to warrant this blessing.

  • No extra praying or fasting
  • No hard work to earn God’s favour
  • No religious rites.

The only thing he did was host God’s presence.

Jesus has made the way open for us to live continually in God’s Presence. It is not by anything we have done, or can do, but by His blood shed for us.

2. The Rumour of God’s Goodness Gets Out

Now King David was told, “The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.” (2 Sam 6:12)

Stories of what God was doing in Obed Edom’s life were being passed around, as people start gossiping the goodness of God.

Maybe it went something like this:

‘Have you heard what happened to Obed Edom since the Ark has been at his place?’

  • His crops have doubled in size
  • His daughter who was barren has started having babies
  • That servant of his, last time I saw him was limping with a deformed leg, but he’s been healed [2]

When we host God’s Presence, people around us will notice the difference. The word of God’s goodness will get out.

3. Other People get Hungry for God

When King David heard the reports of God’s blessing on Obed Edom’s life and property, he became hungry for the Presence of God. As a result he now studied the scripture, looked into God’s prescribed way to transport the ark. (1 Chron 15:11-15)

You know that you are hosting the Presence of God when people around you become seekers.

When testimonies and stories go out, a chain reaction occurs. People see what is possible for them and they want what you have.

4. Obed Edom and his Family have a Godly Heritage

Obed Edom and his household were changed forever. No doubt his children and grandchildren grew up saying, ‘Can you remember when the Ark stayed with us? Can you remember what God did?’

And Obed Edom and his family have become a part of Israel’s story, recorded in Scripture for all eternity.

Later we see that a man called Obed Edom and his sons were gatekeepers for the Presence of God, for the tabernacle/temple (1 CHRON 15 & 26)

The Bible doesn’t expressly say this was the same Obed Edom, however evidence suggests that it was. Having tasted of the Presence of God, God called the family into a ministry through which they could be close to Him for generations to come.

5. A Nation is Brought to Worship

King David ‘and the entire house of Israel’ brought the Ark out from Obed Edom’s house—and the nation rejoiced.

David prepared a tabernacle for the Ark of God to dwell, and rostered Levite musicians to look after it, in accordance with God’s prescribed order.

And in an open tent, looking upon the glory of God, there was 24/7 worship and prophecy and praise—something that only happened during David’s time.

When you host God’s Presence, a chain reaction occurs that can impact not only your family, but your community, region and nations.

How to Host God’s Presence

Hosting God’s Presence is not about performance. It is not about following prescribed rules, or doing the right things, but about having God at the centre of our lives.

All that Obed Edom did was make room for God’s Presence.

What would happen if we believed ourselves to be living ‘Arks’ of God—containers of His manifest Presence?

What could take place if we saw ourselves as gatekeepers of every place that we occupy? To open the gate to His Presence in our homes, churches, workplaces and every situation we live and move in?

Take some time to pray today and ask, ‘Father, what does this look like for me, for my family, ministry, church, or workplace?’


[1] 20 years before, in 1 Sam 6, God allowed the Philistines to transport the Ark on a new cart, in order to return it to Israel.

[2] To get an idea of what God’s blessing would have looked like for Obed Edom, read the marks of God’s blessing in Deut 28. These include health, fruitfulness, prosperity, and freedom from oppression. (In 1 Chron 26, lists 8 sons of Obed Edom ‘because God had blessed him!’)

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An Open Heaven Is Your Inheritance

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© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

in the David McCracken Ministries family

12 thoughts on “Host God’s Presence And Change A Nation”

  1. Hi Helen,
    I would like to confirm that this is a message from Father.
    over the past few days I have been pondering on the same subject. If we invite Him He will come.

  2. I want you to know that I really appreciate your ministry.

    The presence of our Lord has been growing at our church with steady increase. The manifestation of the Holy Spirit continues to pour out in many miraculous ways; salvation, healing both physical and spiritual, prophetic and more. Just the mere glory of His presence in our midst is wonderful. What a God we serve.

    I was asked to speak this Sunday night. The Holy Spirit spoke to me at a prayer meeting a few weeks and encouraged me to speak at my next opportunity on “Hosting His Presence”. Just the title makes my soul leap with an excelerated heart rhythm as His presence fills my soul…it gives me a spiritual rush of His divine presence…..the excitement and thought of Hosting His Presence…wow. How blessed can we be as Christians.

    During my preparation for this teaching, know that your blog is a place that I hold dear so naturally I reviewed your teaching on the subject of Hosting His Presence, which further ignited His presence within in me on the topic.

    Holy Spirit teach all your people to truly host Your presence; consume us let your presence be our voice, thoughts and our ways, fill us and use us according to Your divine will.

    God Bless

    1. Hi Russ, it is so good to hear of all Father is doing in your church! May it grow and spread.
      I love the story of Obed Edom! I love that the only thing he did to receive the favour of God was simply to host God’s Presence, such an inspiring OT picture of a NT truth in Jesus. It’s good to hear from you, Russ. Thank you for staying in touch, I’m encouraged. 🙂

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