Sometimes I’m a little dense. It takes me a while to figure something out; like the other day I was wondering why I was down and ‘draggy’. I went through my checklist of potential reasons, and none of them fit. Finally I hit the nail on the head when I realized I’d been reading my Bible, studying, meditating on it, praying for others, blogging, talking about the Lord, etc, but I had not actually taken time to be in the Lord’s presence. “You will show me the path of life (alive, fresh, strong): in Your presence is fullness (satisfaction) of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures for forevermore.” NKJV Life, joy and times of refreshing (Acts ) are in His presence!!!
Of course you’d be right to say we are always in His presence and that is true (Ps. 139:7), but watch a married couple sitting, one watching t.v. and the other reading, and you’ll see how you can be in the very same room and still not be with each other or loving on each other. Like Joshua, God’s presence goes with us as His children, and we find rest in Him (Ex. 33:14). But, being in the Lord’s presence is not a passive thing, we are to seek (search out, strive after) it:
Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore. Ps. 105:4
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. Ps. 27:8
Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell (settle) in thy presence.
Hide not thy face far from me… Ps. 27:9