Experiencing God's Presence #3 - The One Year Experiencing God's Presence Devotional

Experiencing God's Presence #3

You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence.

Psalm 16:11

God’s Presence evokes a variety of responses in Scripture. Some people are terrified in His Presence, others freeze in awe and wonder, and some marvel that they didn’t recognize Him until after He left. Sometimes He appears with clouds and thunder; other times He shows Himself subtly and selectively. Regardless, there’s one response we rarely see in a God-encounter in the Bible: joy.

Why is that? Probably because His appearances are sudden events, and the first response to the trauma of seeing Him can range from panic to guilt to awe to zeal. But for those who spend extended time with Him—Moses in the Tabernacle, David in his crises, or the disciples with Jesus—the alarm wears off and the relationship deepens. The result, David tells us in Psalm 16, is joy.

Even today, many believers dread really getting up close and personal with God. That’s because they don’t know who He is. They haven’t grasped mercy or understood His goodness. They don’t know He wants us to experience His pleasure forever, or that one of His primary purposes for us is to experience His joy (John 17:13). Few of us realize that He wants to delight us. His goal is that our hearts would overflow when we’re with Him.

Father, help me ignore the teachers who emphasize the obligation of serving You more than the pleasure of knowing You. Help me embrace the truth that You are zealous about my joy, and show me how to experience it in Your Presence.

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