Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. (Ps. 95:2 KJV)
The Psalmist in the scripture above gives us the rules for coming into God’s presence when he declares, “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving.”
In a parallel passage, the Psalmist says, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” (Ps. 100:4 KJV)
A praiseful, thankful, and worshipful heart will fill your life with a daily experience of God’s presence. There is a reason why we often start prayers, sometimes unconsciously, with thanksgiving and praise to God. It is because thanksgiving and praise are the offerings we carry in our hands and the agency by which we approach His presence.
The good news is that since His Spirit already dwells in us, implying that we dwell in His presence perpetually, we have been granted access to an enjoyable and pleasant communion with God’s presence. We should come into His presence without fear, to tell Him how much we appreciate what He has done for us and declare His praises with joy.
The Lord is the King of all the universe, and joy is commanded from us in His presence. The angels that stand in His presence understand the value of joy, praise, and worship. They know how to be, and live, in God’s presence.
God’s presence has now come to dwell on the earth amongst us. We therefore have to learn how to enter into, and attend to, the abiding presence of God within us.
Why is singing especially important in entering God’s presence? Is the word “come” in Ps. 95:2 above addressed to the unsaved or to the saved? See the July 11,2017 devotional.
APPLY THE WORD
God’s Word is activated when we act upon it. What can you do with the Word you just received above?
Thank the Lord right now for access to His presence. Pray that the Spirit will teach you how to attend to God’s presence in your life.
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