The presence of God is with you, wherever you go David wrote in Psalm 139. There isn’t anywhere you can go to escape Him! When the Lord said He’d never leave or forsake you, He wasn’t kidding. God is with you. But there is a difference between being in the companionable presence of God who is always with you and being in His glorious presence where He chooses to dwell. God is with you, yes. But are you with Him? Those are two different things!
God is omnipresent, meaning He’s everywhere all at once. Yet, where God chooses to dwell is within your praise (Psalm 22:3). That is His “house”, so to speak. If you want to be close to God to hear Him, to sense Him, to be guided by Him, to grow in your faith, you need to be where He is. That’s where worship comes in! Psalm 96:8 says, “Give unto the Lord the glory due His name, bring an offering and come into His courts.” Psalm 48:10 says, “According to Your name, O God, so is Your praise to the ends of the earth.”
But there is a difference between being in the companionable presence of God who is always with you and being in His glorious presence where He chooses to dwell.
Step 1: Give to the Lord the glory due His name. If you’re going to worship the Lord according to His name, as the Word says, you have to know what His name(s) are! The Word of God, the sure foundation for worship is replete with the names of God. As you journey in your faith, He will reveal those names to you in each situation, as they arise and as you need them, through each opportunity for faith. “…so is Your praise,” the Psalmist wrote. Your praise is a direct reflection of the gratitude you feel for who God is to you. Selah.
Step 2: Bring an offering (that’s you, by the way, Romans 12:1!) God no longer requires “blood” as He did in the Old Covenant because Jesus Christ shed His innocent blood once and for all. And yet, the Lord still does require an offering, a living sacrifice, to enter into His dwelling place: you. Your raised hands. Your singing mouth. Your jumping feet. Your bended knees. Acts of blessing, humility, submission and worship. Hard? Yes- and that’s what a sacrifice is! David said he would never present the Lord with an offering that didn’t cost him something (2 Samuel 24:24). If your worship feels tough, if you’re bound by chains of fear, insecurity, people’s opinions or even if you’re just having a bad day- there’s your sacrifice, kicking and screaming. WORSHIP. Amen!
Step 3: Come in. The Lord beckons you daily, moment by moment. He longs to be closer and closer to you. He always wants you to come into His presence, but God is gentleman, so it is always your choice. He always chooses you, and there is a path that He has created for you to get into His presence. If your desire is to walk in His way, then things need to be truly His way. Give the Lord the glory He is due because of His name, which He has revealed to you and make your praise proportional to your gratitude for the name He is for you right now: Provider, Healer, Friend, Guide, Comforter, Rock, Strong Tower, Mighty Warrior etc etc etc to infinity! (….and beyond!)
Thought for today
Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Boom. That is one of the clearest Scriptures given about how you can get into God’s glorious presence. Psalm 84:10 says, “For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I’d rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” Worship unlocks the gates of His presence. Those doors to His glorious presence are locked … to those who don’t worship. Just like not everyone gets to enter into heaven, not everyone gets to enter into His dwelling place. But. There is a path the Lord has made for you to enter in. He’s so faithful! Worship is what opens the gates to the dwelling place of the Lord and you know what goes on once you’re in there….? Psalm 16:11 says, “You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Who wants in?! 🙂