Coming into the Lord’s Presence – Ray E Horton
What do we mean by coming into the Lord’s presence? We know that God is always present everywhere, but it is that mutual awareness of each other being together – having connection – that brings change.
I can be in the same room as my wife and busy on the computer, while she is reading a book, and we are so engrossed with these things we are not present to each other. Or, I can be across the country, and talking to her on the telephone, or just thinking about her, and her me, and we are present to each other.
His Truths Then Invade Our Hearts
Presence is all about connection and awareness. It’s all about relationship. His presence, which is our source of joy and strength, is where we hear God
Presence is all about connection and awareness. It’s all about relationship. His presence, which is our source of joy and strength, is where we hear God, and all those truths that we believe, which sometimes can seem to be just platitudes, become real to us, invading our hearts: His love, His goodness, who we are in Christ and so much more.
“Let us enter His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4). We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Those gates are to the temple of our hearts, and His courts are where He dwells within us. That is where He will speak to us if we will enter His presence there.
We can come into the Lord’s presence any time we get alone with Him, and even among others doing the same, such as in corporate praise and worship. It simply involves leaving our various thoughts and our cares behind, and focusing on Him, speaking to Him, listening to Him as He speaks to our hearts.
He wants to communicate with each of us
There is an element of faith involved. We may not feel or sense anything at first. But we trust that when we choose to come into His presence and we are ready to relate, then we have. As we do that, soon we may just sense a peace and joy, a security and confidence, and it is then that we may get a revelation to our minds or hear that still small voice.
He wants this kind of relationship with each of us. He wants to communicate with each of us. This gives Him great joy, and we will experience the joy of knowing Him. Without it, our Christian walk is greatly lacking in the joy, strength and motivation that knowing Him brings.