Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
To me, this verse is about repentance and forgiveness. And, we can learn from this verse what repentance and forgiveness unlocks in the Heavenly realms for us…His mighty salvation, His delight in us, His peace, His live, and His joy for us.
Psalms 23:6 says, “Surely goodness and love will fowllow me all of the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
And just like Zephaniah 3, Psalm 23 is more assurance that through the redemptive power and grace of our loving Savior that we can be with Him and abide in His presence continually through an attitude that seeks repentence and forgivness. There is nother other place that I would rather be than in the presence of the Lord, my Savior – to expreience a continual collision with the Presence of the Lord daily. And what I love here is the imagery that we get from these verses, that God wants me – that He wants us – to be in His presence continually. God wants me experience His forgiveness and to be in continually connection with Him.
Psalm 42 says what we must do to experience a continual collision with the Presence of the Lord. We must, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God, my soul thirsts for God, the living God.” God offers each of us His presence but we must thrist for Him and His presence with all that is within in us and the pursuit of the Lord must be our greatest goal. This call us to move away from the excuses we have made of the fears that have held us back in the past.
Look at the story in the Bible of the “Prodigal Son” and look at the story from the point of view of the father. He showed tremendous delight in his wait for the wanders’ return. The story of the ‘Prodigal Son’ was a story that Jesus told to show others the very nature and heart of the Lord. And in this story, Jesus clearly shows us that the waiting father was none other then our Heavenly Father. God is in our midst and He desires for us to know the intimacy He offers each of us and He has tremendous delight in His wait for us to collide with His most Holy Presence.
A.W. Tozer said, “With a sacred expectation, I look for God in all the circumstance of my day.“
Thirst for Him and Him alone! May you experience a collision with the Presence of the Lord! May we daily live out what these verses promise us – and may this desire to continually collide with God make such a radical difference in your life that we begin to live out our faith in all that we say, and in all that we do!