ENTERING HIS PRESENCE
God wants us to meet with Him daily. And He is waiting to come near to us with His presence. But is there something we can do to help welcome His presence into our lives?
Yes, there is. “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (Jas 4:7,8a).
The scriptural condition for God to draw near to us with His presence is this: We must draw near to Him first! He is ready to respond, but He waits for us to first come near to Him.
In order to “draw near” to God, we are instructed to do two things: to submit and to resist. We must submit ourselves in humble worship and obedience before the Father.
And we must resist the distractions and discouragements that the devil tries to bring to keep us from God. We must do both in order to draw near to God, and for Him to then draw near to us.
A. DAILY PURPOSE IN PRAISE
The Bible says in Psalm 100:4, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.” All approach to God involves worship.
In fact, praise invites the very presence of God to come and dwell: “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel” (Ps 22:3 kjv).
God is worthy of all of our praise. There are two basic reasons for which we can praise God:
For Who He is – the truth about God’s nature and character.
For what He has done – gifts, blessings, protection, answers to prayer, etc.
- Praise Him For Who He Is
Praising God every day for Who He is will change your life! You will be daily reminded of the truth of Who God is; and that remembrance will build up your faith.
You might begin by simply saying: “Lord, I praise You today because You are my Savior. You have not only saved me from my sins of the past, but You are also my Savior right now. Your saving power will help me today. I thank You for being such a strong and faithful Savior.”
On another day you can think about a different side of God’s character: “Lord, I praise You because You are Almighty. You are infinitely stronger than anything that I might face today. Thank You that You will be with me and strengthen me no matter what may happen.”
Or you can thank the Lord for being the Truth: “Lord, I praise You for being so faithful and true. I can always trust the truth of Your Word – it will never fail. Your truth sets me free, and I am grateful for that today.”
Praise God for a different part or aspect of His nature every day. You could reflect upon one of the many biblical names for Jesus as well, such as “the light of the world” (John 8:12). As you spend each day recalling Who God is, and what a wonderful Savior Jesus is, your praise and worship will become fresh and meaningful. And you will have a much greater appreciation for Who God is every day!
- Praise Him For What He Has Done
Take time to praise the Lord for what He has done.