2002-03-22 - His Presence
We were on a romp with our dog Pierre along the marshes, and merely by walking by a flock, he scattered about three dozen birds. The birds realized his ability (to catch them) and his strength. They were in awe of his presence. I wondered, "are we in awe of God's presence? Do we really grasp Whose presence we are in, every moment of our lives?"
For certain, we should think of God as our Very Best Friend. We should, as Psalm 62:8 encourages us, "pour out our hearts to Him." When you read the heartfelt prayers off the Psalms, you realize that God encourages and honors our frank, gut-level prayers. There is no merit to speaking in formal "thees" and "thous" or using the language Shakespeare used for his plays. The prayers of Hannah, David and other Biblical heroes were spoken in their vernacular. But we should never lose sight of His true character.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NASB) "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts."
When we read the Bible each day (you are studying it every day, right?), we need to remember that this is the inspired word of the Creator of the Universe, the only true God. When we sing hymns, we need to remember the subject of these hymns is our Lord. When we pray what is known as "The Lord's Prayer," we need to remember that these phrases were spoken as a guide to us, given to us by the Lamb of God, Who loved us so much He gave Himself up on a torturous cross for us.
We shouldn't ever lose sight that we are in His presence every minute. When we work - whether we are evincing a whiny attitude or a servant's heart, His presence is with us. When we watch a television show, He is in the room with us. If we cut someone off in traffic, His presence is in the car with us. We should live every moment of our lives in awe of God's presence, for each moment of our entire lives is to be a moment of worship.
Romans 12:1 (NASB) Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship