I’ve loved the Psalms ever since I can remember.
As a young girl in Sunday School class, I remember an assignment from our teacher. Come back next week and tell what our favorite book of the Bible was. Mine was Psalms.
I remember well, going to vacation bible school with my cousin out of town. We memorized Psalm 23.
I imagine that reciting a Psalm back to God is a beautiful way of praying to Him. His words, God-breathed, right back to Him.
Psalms are so beautiful aren’t they?
So applicable in our everyday lives. They are timeless. Beautiful.
Some mornings while sitting at my kitchen table, I will flip my Bible open, and read wherever I feel led to read.
Today it was Psalm 84.
Absolutely beautiful. These words. They are deep and my heart overflows with warmth after soaking in these words.
Rest a moment. Be Present. Soak in these scriptures.
How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of Heaven’s Armies. I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the LORD. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young at a place near your altar, O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God! What joy for those who can live in your house, always singing your praises. What joy for those whose strength comes from the LORD, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings. They will continue to grow stronger, and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem. O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies, hear my prayer. Listen, O God of Jacob. O God, look with favor upon the king, our shield! Show favor to the one you have anointed. A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked. For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, what joy for those who trust in you.
I long..yes, I faint with longing…to be in the presence of my LORD.
Better is one day in HIS presence..
What joy! What joy…for those who can live in HIS presence.
Nothing better. Nothing more important. Than being in the presence of God.
Please forgive me for the times that I don’t seek your presence first. I long to be in your presence. All day long. I need your presence. You never leave or forsake me. You are faithful and just and good and always present. There is nothing more important than being aware of your presence each day, and all day. Help me to be obedient in seeking you first.
Do you know HIM? Is HIS presence most important to you? Are you intentional about BEING PRESENT with GOD? He loves you.
Until Next Time,