"Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless." -Psalm 84:10-11Have you ever had an incredible moment in God's presence?
Maybe it was a worship experience where God used a song to connect with your soul. Maybe it was a Bible Study where the Word of God jumped off the page and spoke exactly to what was going on in your life. Maybe it was a chance meeting with another person where you knew that it was a God moment.
I have those moments that were extraordinary, and have had other moments that seem rather mundane...but when it gets down to it, what I desire is those moments when I am in God's presence. Dennis Kinlaw writes that whether a person realizes it or not, "...to be near God is the deepest desire of every human heart." I think that is true. We self-medicate because we are longing for something and cannot find anything to satisfy it. I believe it was C.S. Lewis who wrote that we all have a God-shaped hole in our hearts. We try to fill that God-shaped hole with the things of the world when only God will satisfy.
If it is our heart's deepest desire to be near God- and that we each have a God shaped hole in our heart- why do we try so hard to put a world-shaped peg in a God-shaped hole? Why do we take our time in God's presence lightly?
As we begin our week, many of us are looking at a week of stress, of meetings, family obligations, and the newest episodes of The Office...but my prayer to you is that you would long for God's presence this week. That you would make the time to enter into the courts of the Lord...and in doing so, God may pour out His Spirit in your lives this week.