Do you long to be in His presence and to know His love? I do and I can’t seem to get enough! Our church as a whole has been reading through Sarah Young’s “40 Days with Jesus-Celebrating His Presence” as a daily devotional. Not only are we reading Sarah Young’s “40 Days with Jesus-Celebrating His Presence” our pastors have been delivering some great messages on the subject of ‘Celebrating His Presence’. A couple of Sundays ago Pastor J delivered an awesome message entitled Pastor Wrinkles: Complete Worship and you can find it at Lillie-Put.
The excerpt below is from his message, Pastor Wrinkles: Complete Worship pt. 5 and has been resonating in my soul for the last couple of weeks.
“I want us all to capture the heart of worship. That is a heart that has eyes only for Jesus. It is a heart that let’s go of every other care for the job, for the family, or for the bank account. It is the heart that knows Jesus will take care of all those things if we just make Him a priority.”
I think for the first time in a very long time I actually put everything aside and gave Jesus my full attention. So many other times when worshipping whether it be at home or corporately there were thoughts lingering in my mind of my home life, finances, and many other things tugging on my heart but not that Sunday.
When God enters the room I usually get the warm fuzzes but that Sunday was exceptional. I mean yes I got the warm fuzzes but my heart converged with my Lord’s deeper than ever before on that day. It was BREATHTAKING! Honestly, it felt like it was just me and my Beloved in the room. And that feeling has not left me!
Day 17 in Sarah Young’s book “40 Days with Jesus-Celebrating His Presence” really spoke to me. Here are a few excerpts from Day 17:
“I HAVE LOVED YOU with an everlasting Love. Before time began, I knew you. For years you swam around in a sea of meaninglessness, searching for Love, hoping for hope. All that time I was pursuing you, aching to embrace you in My compassionate arms.”
“I sang you a Love song, whose beginning and end are veiled in eternity. I infused meaning into your mind and harmony into your heart. Join Me in singing My song.”
Is that not beautiful or what? To bask in the Lord’s presence is absolutely an indescribable experience!
As we read from Sarah Young’s “40 Days with Jesus-Celebrating His Presence” He knew us before time began. God’s love is an innate love but that does not mean it is automatic. God will not violate our free will and so tragically many do not choose His love resulting in death. God’s love is not the love that everyone might think of, you know, that “Hollywood” kind of love. The love of God is impossible to describe because of its vast GREATNESS! God wants us to know His love and this is what His word says;
Ephesians 3:17-19 (NLT)
17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
To be in His presence and surrounded by His love 24/7, what does that look like to you?