Tuesday, March 06, 2012

In God's Presence

 1How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!
 2My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
 3Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God.
 4Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. 

In God's Presence

Though some attribute this Psalm to the sons of Korah, it is quite possible that it was actually written by David at a time when he was denied the possibility of going to the tabernacle of God to worship. The writer so longs to worship in God's presence that he laments of the little sparrow or the swallow who can make their nests in the heights of the tabernacle, even in the very presence of the living God.

One does not always appreciate the ability to worship God regularly in a house of worship until one is denied the pleasure. Though in our times of great advancement, one hardly needs to be denied the privilege of worshiping God on the Sabbath, as provision is made over the air waves, be it radio, television, or internet, it is still not the same as being in God's house of worship on His holy day. Unfortunately, it is our very nature to take such privileges for granted.

There are many in the world today who are denied this pleasure, some due to illness, but others due to persecution, or even lack of a house of worship to attend. It is then that their hearts cry out in longing, even to the point of fainting, that they may worship in the courts of the LORD.

Why is it that we hold the privilege of attending a house of worship so dear? Why does the psalmist, in longing, say,
"Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee."?
As Christians we are so blessed; with the Holy Spirit dwelling within our hearts, there is never a time when God is too far away to hear our cries. Yet, have we not all had that joyful experience of feeling that nearness of God when in a group of Christians praising and worshiping Him together? Have not our souls longed to be in the very presence of God, lying prostrate at the foot of His throne?

How very blessed we are to be so loved by God; how pure and lovely are our thoughts when focused upon the righteousness and holiness of God. We are moved to emotions we cannot even express when we ponder the great love that Christ displayed for us, dying for us, a people who are wretched, blind, and so undeserving of His tender love and grace. Who has ever heard of such a God who would sacrifice Himself for such an unworthy people?

As we contemplate such a great sacrifice for us who are so unworthy, no wonder we long to be in God's presence. Man is immersed in pride, arrogance, and greed. No, it is no wonder that we long for the courts of the Lord where, in God's presence, there is nothing but humility, kindness and love.
 21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21, King James Version)
God Bless You,

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