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“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.” (Psalm 84:10 NIV)

The best place to spend the day is in God’s presence.  Moses is one of the only people who actually met with God.  When He would come from one of his meetings with God, his face would be so radiant and glowing, people couldn’t look at him (Exodus 34:29-35 NIV).  When we spend time with God in His presence, His light will shine brightly from us to all those that can see.  God loves us, He adores us. But we’re afraid of His judgement and His wrath. We’re afraid to enter into His presence because of our sins.  That is why we need Jesus. Jesus took our sins upon Himself, which allows us to enter into the presence of God. The best place to spend the day is in God’s presence.

The best place to spend the day is in God’s presence.

Jesus is our lawyer.  He stands before us when we’re in the presence of God.  Since He took our sin upon Himself, God doesn’t see any of it.  All He sees is Jesus in us. His beloved Son who died for us, sinless, perfect, unblemished.  He bared our burden, knowing we couldn’t. We don’t have to be afraid to face God. We can stand in His courts with our heads held high, knowing He loves us.

Last fall,  I spent the day with one of my best friends.  We started early on a Saturday morning on our journey.  We stopped and visited family, we shopped, we had lunch. The weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cold.  The sun was shining. A wonderful girl’s day that refreshes the soul. For me, days like these are some of the best days of life.  But even our best day doesn’t compare to what it is like when we spend the day in God’s presence. Nothing can compare to basking in His love.

Each morning, when I meet Him in my quiet time, I enter into His presence for those brief moments.  As I center my thoughts on Him by reading His word, then journaling in my prayer journal, I feel His Spirit with me.  It is during these times the nudges happen. I will think of someone and something I’m to do for them. I feel conviction about an offense I have incurred.  Depending on the day, I feel His strength lift me up, or His peace calm me down. I enter into His presence, and He changes me with such tender love, I can’t wait to go back for more.  The best place to spend the day is in God’s presence.

Question of the Day:

Have you felt God’s presence in your life recently?

Further Reading:  Joshua 11:1-12:24 NIV, Luke 17:11-37 NIV, Psalm 84:1-12 NIV, Proverbs 13:5-6 NIV

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