Psalm 16:11 “You will show me the paths of life; In Your Presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
My first conscious sense of the Presence of God was when I was about five years old, standing in my little home town church that my grandfather had helped to build. I can remember I had on a little royal blue skirt and matching jacket (homemade by my seamstress mother), with a crisp white blouse under the jacket. My mom would always wear my blonde hair in big donut curls.
We all had been invited to come to the altar for a while for a time of prayer before we went home. I found a spot over to the left where a few of us children would stand together. We knew better than to fool around as at least one of our parents usually stood near us.
I had lost my dad not long before this encounter with Lou Gehrig’s disease. My child-heart was torn and tattered into a million pieces with very little comprehension to wrap around my very young, sore mind.
As I stood there, I closed my eyes and sang along with the chorus that was being sung. I felt the supernatural warmth of peace and sweet comfort rise up in my spirit. I had given my heart to the Lord awhile before this, surrendering my life to Jesus as best as I could understand at the age of five. I became lost in the wonder of that precious sense of His Presence in great rest and supernatural love. I felt hot tears begin to slide down my baby child’s cheeks. I opened my eyes to see if any of my friends noticed. They had all gone back to their seats or out the door to play on the church lawn awhile before they had to go home. That was an enticing thought for a split second, but the feeling I was experiencing was far more appealing.
As I stood there, I raised my hands and began to drink in even more and more of this Living Water. I felt I could never get enough. Tears welled up and overflowed again and again. To this day, I have a hard time worshipping and loving the Lord without tears. I’m not sad, I just have an overwhelming love for Him that leaks out.
Always come before Him with heartfelt, genuine worship. Magnify His great majesty. He asks us, “Is anything too hard for Me?” Refocus on who He is. Know that He is all-knowing, all-powerful, everywhere present and on and on and on. Don’t rush into His Presence with a to-do list and your demands. Get focused on Him by worshipping Him. He will speak to you. You don’t need to rehearse every detail of your concerns. The Word says He goes before us, so He already has been down the road before you and has made provision and everything you will need to find along the way. Then He comes back and walks with us and we travel together on our path. There’s no other God like Him!
He is so worthy of all praise. In His Presence is fullness of joy; As we worship Him, He will begin to speak from His heavenly view of our lives and from who He says we are. He will show you the path of life and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore.
What about you? Will you join me being in His Presence? Will you drop the worry, fear, doubt, negativity, depression, etc. to magnify the Lord with me? Will you just simply worship at His feet and be ready to receive all that He would speak to you? He’s only a breath away. Know you are in His Presence where there is fullness of joy.
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