The way to God – Awaken in His presence…
Psalm 139:3-7 (TPT): “You are so intimately aware of me, Lord. You read my heart like an open book and You know all the words I’m about to speak before I even start a sentence! You know every step I will take before my journey even begins… You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way. With Your hand of love upon my life, You impart a blessing to me. This is just too wonderful, deep, and incomprehensible! Your understanding of me brings me wonder and strength. Where could I go from your Spirit? Where could I run and hide from your face?”
The Bible teaches us that God is everywhere – He is omnipresent (Isaiah 43:2; Job 34:21; Hebrews 4:13). David reminds us that we can never escape the presence of God – not even if we “ascend to heaven; take the wings of dawn; dwell in the remotest parts of the sea; or let darkness cover us” (Psalm 139:8-11). Once we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we have constant access to God’s presence (John 14:6). Heinz Oldewage said it so beautifully during our Year-End celebration: “Jesus is God’s presence with us; and when He ascended to Heaven, He left the Holy Spirit to dwell within us”. (Refer to the video below)
If God is present everywhere, we do not have to DO something to BE in His presence. He is already here. It’s about our AWARENESS of His presence. Being AWAKENED to experiencing Him in and through our daily lives.
Let us be determined this week to:
SEEK GOD FIRST in everything we do. What is your first reaction when you are in need? Who do you go to first for help? We so easily revert to doing things in our own ability, to fixing and controlling the elements in our lives… Our amazing Heavenly Father loves us unconditionally and cannot wait for us to call out to Him – seeking Him first in all we do. He promises that if we seek Him, He will be found by us, and He will hear us (Deuteronomy 4:29; Proverbs 8:17; Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 7:7; Luke 11:9; Acts 17:24-28). He will satisfy our needs and bless us beyond anything we could even ask for or imagine (Ephesians 3:20; 2 Corinthians 9:8).
Quieten down – BE STILL and TRUST God. In the busyness of our lives, it’s sometimes hard to be quiet, to wait upon our Lord, and to be still in His presence. God is here – do we acknowledge His presence, or are we too preoccupied, too busy? This reminds me of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42). Are we busy preparing for things, and serving or impressing others? (These are all good works – the emphasis here is on being TOO busy with these things) How often do we miss the chance to just sit at Jesus’s feet – allowing Him to teach us, love on us and influence our every step?
Be intentional about EXPERIENCING God’s PRESENCE. What does your calendar look like? Is there time for God? Are you intentional about setting time aside to connect with God – seeking Him first and pursuing Him as King of your heart and Lord over your life?
Our Heavenly Father’s love never runs out (Psalm 136). He will never leave or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5). He is ALWAYS with us (Joshua 1:9; Matthew 28:20). When we call out to Him – He will answer (Psalm 91:15; Jeremiah 33:3). When we seek Him – He will be found by us (Deuteronomy 4:29; Proverbs 8:17; Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 7:7; Luke 11:9; Acts 17:24-28)!
Lord, today we want to worship you and bring all honour and praise to You! Thank You that You are always with us.
“Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Our Father God the infinite. The matchless King magnificent. The living Christ. The servant Son. The prophesied. The saving One. The Holy Ghost gift from above. The faithful Friend. The seal of love. This life, this heart. This song to Him. My all in all. My everything. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost”.
[Doxology from Hillsong Worship: From Whom All Blessings Flow. Songwriters: Brooke Ligertwood / Scott Ligertwood / Chris Davenport. Performed by Laura Badenhorst]