“God’s presence defines us. It’s only His presence that sets us apart. And every time we draw near to Him, He, our great God, draws near to us. If you can casually meander through worship, then I would dare to say that maybe, just maybe, you have not entered into true worship at all. When it comes to responding in song we need Jesus-centered, Holy Spirit–filled, passionate, authentic, messy, beautiful songs of the heart that cause our hearts to lean in. Because when God comes close, everything changes.” Darlene Zschech
Nothing can replace the Presence of God in our lives. We can try to substitute other things for it. We can try to get by without it. We can even live pretty good lives apart from God’s Presence.
Once we have tasted God’s Presence, though, nothing else will do. Once we have experienced the touch that only God’s hand brings, we will never be able to be satisfied with a substitute. Listen to what Moses said to God: “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” (Exodus 33:15-16)
After David’s horrific sin, he wept before God. It is interesting what he did not pray for. David did not pray that God would protect his health or his kingdom. He prayed that God would not take his Presence away from him. “Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.” (Psalm 51: 11)
May you experience God’s Presence in a fresh way this week!
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