There is no greater joy or satisfaction than that found in being in God’s presence. That (at times) brief moment that happens mostly at prayer meetings when you are completely engulfed in God’s presence. That brief moment when you can feel His love all around you and literally nothing else matters. You are exactly where you want to be, exactly where you should be. I think the lyrics to Israel Houghton’s “To Worship You I Live” really capture this:
Away away from the noise
Alone with you
Away away to hear your voice
And meet with you
Nothing else matters my one desire is…
To worship you I live
To worship you I live I live to worship you
Psalms 27:4 “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 on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.” When I try to figure out what this scripture means I can only see the scenario described above of being in God’s presence; moving from the physical realm into the spiritual realm. This is beautifully described in Isaiah chapter six. Verse one says, “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.” The rest of the verses go on to describe the Seraphim and their wings and how they spoke to each other causing the pillars of the temple to shake. It is just a beautiful description of how far God is willing to reveal Himself to us. I wonder what Isaiah was doing at that time, how he got to the point where he actually saw heaven and was able to communicate with God and with the angels.
This morning on my way to work I was listening to the radio and I heard about this couple who have been married for 81 years now. They won the “longest married couple” national award this week. Of course they were asked how they’ve managed to stay together this long and their answer is so simple yet so true; they show and tell each other every day how much they love each other. This drove me to think about my relationship with God and how much I need to do the same thing this couple does to sustain the relationship.
This week I have been really tired and there have been times when I “just don’t feel like” doing some things. For example, I’ve really struggled with getting up on time every morning and getting into my quiet time. I have had chances to “make up” that time during the day or in the evening before going to bed but, unfortunately, I find that at those times, I have not really “felt like it”.
It’s really a shame that in the midst of having so many things seeking my attention, the one thing that I have neglected is the thing that should be most important. In last week’s post I shared how God has been showing me how much He loves me. I guess today my challenge is for me to show Him how much I love Him. This is something that I need to do every day, whether I feel like it or not. It is the best way to sustain the relationship. If I ever desire to get to the place where Isaiah was (which I do), then I have to follow the guidelines that David follows in Psalms 27.
I will let you know how the rest of my week goes. God bless you!