The Reality of God’s Presence

Today is Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Hump Day.

“Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
(BrainyQuote)

The word of the day, from Merriam-Webster, is winkle. Winkle is a verb, “chiefly British,” which means, “to displace, remove, or evict from a position.”

Today is Moon Day. Because it was July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong made that “one giant leap for mankind.”

Not really a whole lot going on around here, today. It’s Hump Day, as already mentioned, the halfway point of the work week. But C is going in a little late, this morning, as she had trouble sleeping last night. I think she is still experiencing the effects of last week’s trip. She is also afraid that she might be getting sick, so send some prayers up, if you would.

The Red Sox beat the MLB best Giants 4-0, last night, behind a solid outing by this year’s ace, Rick Porcello. Baltimore lost, so the Sox are within a half game of first place. The Rangers continued their downward slide, losing again to the Angels. Pitching continues to be an issue, as they scored enough runs to win a game last night. Kyle Lohse was the losing pitcher, as they lost 8-6.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts!
Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!
Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns! Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.”
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the LORD, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in his faithfulness.
Psalm 96

“When we discovery God’s rule, the ways in which he extends his Lordship in grace and mercy, our vocabulary of praise expands markedly.” I challenge you to join me in seeing how many ways we can praise the Lord today.

“How glorious to be ruled by you, O Lord, and not by the abstract, mechanical laws of nature or the capricious, uncertain laws of society. Rule me in the person of Jesus Christ, in whom your kingdom is even now present. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

Dependent on God’s Presence

. . . but they who wait for the LORD . . . shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

Walking is a fairly normal, mundane activity. There is no thrill to walking. When Scripture uses the word “walk,” it is normally used to express character. God doesn’t command us to “be spiritual;” rather, he simply tells us to walk before him.

“When we are in an unhealthy state physically or emotionally, we always want thrills. In the physical domain this will lead to counterfeiting the Holy Ghost; in the emotional life it leads to inordinate affection and the destruction of morality; and in the spiritual domain if we insist on getting thrills, on mounting up with wings, it will end in the destruction of spirituality.”

Our experience of God’s presence is not dependent on where we are, but “only dependent upon the determination to set the Lord always before us.” When we do not depend on the reality of his presence, our problems really begin. Note that we depend on the reality of his presence, not the consciousness of it. Hear this. God is with me all the time, whether I feel it or not! The more I depend upon that reality, the less I need to ask him for guidance.

Father, help me to live in this reality today (and tomorrow, and every day). Help me to depend on the reality of your presence. Yes, sometimes, we ask to be more aware of that presence, and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. However, I need to know the truth of the statement I made above; that you are with me all the time, regardless of whether I feel it. This is reality. You are there. I am determined to set you before me and depend on that reality.

Come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.

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