TSP Devotion #1: ‘Come Let Us Rejoice’

He’s with you right now. Whether you sit, stand or lie, whether you’re at your work desktop computer having lunch, reading your phone on a train home, or trying to avoid doing that essay that you really should have a look at, He is present with you. It’s a surprisingly rare thought for many people. We might believe that God exists, and even might know that He loves us, but to think of Him as literally with us wherever we are is sometimes a foreign concept. Many believers (myself included) often travel through life seeming to say “hi” to God at the start of the day, at meal times, when we read the Bible and before we go to sleep. But to live like this is sadly flawed. It’s an inferior way to live because we rob ourselves of joy.

Church of the Nativity
Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

I don’t know about you, but I love being filled with joy! It’s something deeper than happiness: it can’t just be swept away by a head cold, a bit of rain on a Saturday or your football team losing. Psalm 16 tells us that in God’s presence is the fullness of joy. To me, fullness of joy sounds pretty good! But if I’m not aware of God’s presence with me, I’m unaware of that joy. I often think of it this way: Rach (my wife) brings me peace and joy when she’s in the room. Just knowing she’s there changes things. I feel lighter. But if I was to be feeling really depressed, sulking in a corner with my eyes shut, and she walked in a room, would anything change? No. Not initially, because I’m unaware of her presence. If she came over and tapped me on the shoulder I would look up, and then things would change. But while I’m unaware of her presence, I’m unaware of how her presence impacts me. It can be like this with our Father. Of course, sometimes He does touch us and make Himself known to us, and we remember these encounters as special moments in our lives, but often He doesn’t. He doesn’t need to, because He’s given us the promise that He is with us always. Psalm 139 says that we can’t go anywhere apart from His presence. Romans 8 says nothing can separate us from His love!

At any point in your day, even right now, you have the opportunity to lift your head, to recognise His presence, and to let give Him glory – even if its simply for being who He is. Because He is the same yesterday, today and forever, and He is always worthy. You only have access to right now. The past is gone, the future is not here yet. Why not use this moment to rejoice in His presence?

Psalm 24:7-10 – “Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty – he is the King of glory.”

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