Thou wilt make known to me the path of life; In Thy presence is fullness of joy; In Thy right hand there are pleasures forever. (Psalm 16:11 NASB)
This is so true. In the presence of the Lord there is Joy, and what is there to fear. (Caveat – I imagine the fear of the Lord would be required to get anywhere close to His presence – that aside…)
What enemy could approach when we are in His presence?
What disease dare tread His courts?
How unlikely any looming job loss could stand before His throne?
We must – MUST – find a way to get into and stay in His presence. I know how to get in – do you?
God inhabits praise.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving.
Enter His courts with praise.
You may be saying – I have tried praise and worship, and I have never gotten into the presence of the Lord.
I live about 25 miles from New York City. I know just how to get there. I can take a train, bus, or car. I could even ride my bicycle.
I could take the GWB or the Lincoln Tunnel.
If I want to drive to the city, I would jump in my car, and start heading southeast. However, if I drove for 10 miles, and got out and walked around, I would not be in New York City, I would be in Teaneck, NJ. Nice town, but not NYC. I was on the right road, heading the right direction, but I stopped short of my destination.
So it is with praise. The further you are from the presence of God, the more “travel” may be required. Don’t quit until you have arrived! Don’t stop until the atmosphere changes.