This week we have been reflecting on the practical ways we make praise part of our daily habits, such as by renewing our minds with the word of God and choosing praise in our speech.
One element that is the essence of worshiping the Lord in our daily walk is what Brother Lawrence calls practicing the presence of God.
How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.PSALM 84:1-2
As I think about what this looks like in my everyday life, I cannot separate my faith in God with any segment of my life. As believers and disciples of Christ, we do not portion out what parts of our lives we give to God and decide where we can invite him to visit. Certainly not!
When we come to Christ for salvation, we say, “Here’s my life, Lord. Take all of me.” Christ infuses us with his Holy Spirit and he comes in and takes up residence in our heart.
Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young—at a place near Your altar. v.3
So it is that we walk our daily lives always in the presence of the Living God, because his Spirit dwells in us and through us, and through him we live and have our being.
The psalmist knew this well in writing a song about dwelling in the courts of the Lord with our whole being, body, mind, and soul, until praise becomes our love language with God.
What joy for those who can live in your house, always singing your praises. v.4
Praise is not something we do only at an appointed time of day like during our morning devotions, with a cup of coffee in hand and music playing in the background. Or just on Sundays when we gather with other believers in communal worship. Or only on a holiday and we feel it makes us more religious to go to church and sing from the hymnal.
Praise is a lifestyle. It is a way of life as we journey with the Lord. That we have the privilege of dwelling in the courts of God, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies? This should make us faint with longing to be with him all the time!
When we walk through the valley of weeping it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.
Even the lowest places on our journey can bring us the refreshment of God’s Spirit as we walk in his presence. Even the darkest days, when it feels like the clouds are covering us in our circumstances, give occasion to receive grace.
When a person experiences this depth of peace and satisfaction in walking with the Lord, everything else pales in comparison.
Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere!
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