My Musings in the Morning
('musing' = a period of reflection or thought)
"My heart was hot within me, while I was musing, the fire burned: then I spoke with my tongue:"
#3: Are you enjoying the presence of God daily?
"In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore" - Psalms 16:11
When God created Adam & placed him in the garden of Eden, it was God's plan that he enjoy an intimate fellowship with God daily. In fact, God would leave His heavenly abode to meet with His supreme creation "in the cool of the day" (Genesis 3:8). However, sin distanced Adam & Eve from that intimate fellowship, and they were driven out of the garden of Eden shortly thereafter (Genesis 3:24). However, it was always God's intention to have fellowship with man, which is evidenced by God's call to Abram, and at a later stage, God setting up His tabernacle in the midst of the Israelite camp & directing His temple to be built for Israel in the Promised Land.
When Jesus came to this earth, He destroyed the temple ("His own body") and paved a way for us to enjoy an intimate fellowship with God through the abundant life that He has provided for us (John 10:10). Unable to be presented physically with His children after Jesus ascended to heaven after His resurrection, He sent the Holy Spirit to this earth to abide in us. Today, God has given us the provision to enjoy His presence daily through 'delighting in His Word' (Psalms 1:2) and being 'filled with the Holy Spirit' (Ephesians 5:18), which is evidenced by us 'singing and making melody in our heart to the Lord (v. 19), 'giving thanks always for all things to the Lord' (v. 20), and 'rejoicing in the Lord always' (Philippians 4:4).
Today, and everyday going forward, let us enjoy the presence of God daily as we echo these words of King David: "O God, You are my God; and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips." (Psalms 63:1-5)
Be blessed as you enjoy God's presence today!
Read the Bible in One Year: Genesis 34-36