"Then Moses said to him, ‘If Your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.’"
What's different about you and I as Christians? I think the world is wanting to know. With much emphasis on political activism in the news, many people think that Christianity has had a more negative contribution in recent years than a positive one. (See Barna report here: http://www.barna.org/faith-spirituality/440-americans-describe-christianity-contributions)
But God is not about political activism -- although He is about truth. He wants to know you and I. He is about saving souls, and He wants people to know that He loves them, first and foremost, before He begins to fix any of our problems. His love is what fixes us.
David was a man after God's own heart. He wanted God's presence more than anything. He wanted it because God was the most important thing in His life. His God defined him. David knew he would be helpless without God's help. "Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me," he said. (Psalm 51:11)
Now more than ever, we need to be people of His presence -- of His love and grace.
The best compliment I have ever received from anyone who was not a Christian was, "What drug are you taking? I want some of that." They meant, "How can you have so much joy in your life? How can you be at peace in spite of whatever is going on in your life, without a narcotic? I want some of what you have!"
The defining mark that makes us different from the rest isn't our work ethic, morals, or character -- anyone can have those, although we should have all of them. It is the mark of His presence.
Do you have the mark of God's presence on your life?