LIVING IN HIS PRESENCE
The one thing I ask of the Lord—
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord’s perfections
and meditating in his Temple (Psalm 27: 4 New Living Translation).
I have been stuck on this Psalm lately. I can’t get past it, and I don’t think I want to, at least not right now. I have made it my prayer, and have let it wash over me again and again and again. I’ve always read this psalm with the idea it is speaking about living in heaven, but recently I’ve begun to view it as heaven touching earth.
We recently had a guest ministry at our church who taught about the manifest presence of God. He imparted wisdom to us, encouraging us to seek and rest in the manifest presence. Healing, deliverance, making decisions – all things we expect from God is found, and is better, when we do it in His presence. The presence of God was palpable within our sanctuary and I was lost in it, I felt electrified and capable of anything! As I took in every word and processed it, Psalm 27 began to resurface in my heart.
The Lord is all around us, He breathes on us, He sings over us, He leads and guides us; it is only fitting we desire to be in His presence all day long. The one thing I have been asking of the Lord, the one thing I pursue most, is to live in His house all the days of my life, delighting in His perfections and meditating in His temple. I want heaven to come and touch my world, I want to look up and see Him seated on the throne, I long to jump in His lap and stay there! I can have it; all I have to do is sit in His manifest presence.
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessing of this new day! Thank You for Your presence, may we rest in it, soak in it and rely on Your manifest presence to surround us day after day. Father, we long to live in Your house and delight in You, we strive to meet with You and meditate on Your word. You are loving and caring and You delight in us, draw us closer to You and let heaven touch our earth! Expand our territories, increase our faith, baptize us in Your love that we never step out of Your presence to get ahead of You. Father, we love You and we give You all our praise, all our worship and all of ourselves. In Jesus matchless name, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: Sit in silence today and capture the presence of God. Learn to listen for Him, and be still when you haven’t had direction. Pursue the Lord and desire to live in His house while on this earth, He will not disappoint!
Additional Scriptures: Psalm 27; Psalm 37:4; Matthew 6:33