Time in His Presence
The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. - (Psalm 27:4)
David loved to be in God’s presence. He just couldn’t get enough. That’s a wonderful thing to realize. He wrote, “The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple” (Psalm 27:4).
Under the old covenant, the Jewish people were represented by the high priest who would go into the temple and offer a sacrifice to God.
The good news for us is that we don’t have to go to a building to have an encounter with God. Because of what Christ did on the cross of Calvary, we have access to the Lord anytime, anywhere. Hebrews 10:11–12 says, “Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time.” We can enter into God’s presence wherever we are.
Did you know that your car or truck can be a sanctuary? Why not use your time on the road to build yourself up spiritually? You could listen to Bible teaching or Christian music. By the time you arrive at your destination, you will have learned something or glorified God through your worship. You can encounter God wherever you are.
When you make the decision to fellowship with other believers, to worship the Lord, and to listen to the Word of God, this is a very good choice.
That was David’s focus. No wonder he was called a man after God’s own heart. The desire to be in God’s presence was at the forefront of his life.
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