Dwelling in His Presence…

“Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!” Psalm 95:2 “And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!” Psalm 107:22

I sing for You because You are worthy, Lord… I sing and strive to live my life to honor of You. On top of being honorable for such praise and sacrifice, what You’ve given me (freedom from sin and bondage, and a newness in joy and victory is beyond repayment. So I embrace it and dwell there. On top of the sacrifice, despite it being purely for Your honor, I know even still, that You’ll bless me; because it’s just who You are. You long to lavish Your love on me! Me… not just those around me – but ME. You long for closeness with me… because you LOVE ME! Wow. I choose You, I choose joy, I choose life!

I’ve been meditating on the Word today… and having had a visit with my (earthly) dad I was able to chew on some things that have been on my heart… and I’m just in such awe of God’s grace. I am humbled at how much He loves me despite how imperfect I am. He is really helping me work on the plank in my eye… with such grace during the process! Who knew I could see the stupid things I do and the horrible ways I think and the words that I speak and not feel such an overwhelming shame. God is so merciful and gracious. He doesn’t want us to live in shame. Sin brings shame and righteousness brings joy and though He wants us to be sinless, He loves us anyway and in such a way that He still allows opportunities to grow and experience His joy – unexplainable and incomprehensible joy.

I think of how much I love my kids… even as they are learning ways of communicating, respect, and staying safe… I love them with everything I have despite their imperfections – and I’m an imperfect parent!!! Imagine… a perfect parent, loving a child… wow! And that is how much God loves me… and wants to have a beautiful loving relationship with me… not to just do what He says, not to just say the right words, not to just know the things I need to know… but so He and I can WALK together, TALK together, LIVE together, and ENJOY each other. Intimately and intensely! Oh how I love my God!! What has God shown you, today? What’s a scripture He’s laid on your heart? Had any personal revelations? Let’s use this social networking site as an opportunity to share our testimonies and bring praise to the Lord with our relationships and our words.

“Righteous lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right.” Proverbs 16:13

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