A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, August 6, 2014
“You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – Psalm 16:11
Are you tired of constantly trying to seek approval from your friends and family only to catch those temporary reprieves wrought with conditions, my brother? Are you about to collapse under the weight of the world’s demands to qualify for attention, my sister? The spirit of rejection is running rampant in the lives of God’s children, and that breaks the Father’s heart. No son or daughter of the Most Loving Father should ever look to the world or to people for a sense of importance.
We don’t have an “importance” problem, family; but rather a “presence” problem. So spend more time in your Divine Daddy’s company! We are filled so completely in the Father’s presence that one of the greatest kings who ever lived, King David, memorialized this truth in today’s study verse.
Since my son started college and working full time, I don’t see him nearly as much. And although I am extremely proud of him, I miss my child. I know, he is growing up and coming in to his own; but I say this to say, that if we miss spending time with our kids and other loved ones, then how much more infinitely does God miss spending time with us? Have you strayed away? Maybe your sense of importance strayed too.
The Hebrew word for “presence” as used in this verse is paneh (pr. paw-neh), and means “face, countenance, favour” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Webster’s Dictionary defines “countenance” as “bearing or expression that offers approval.”; and further explains “favour” as “approval.” From where else or from whom else are you going to get this sure and consistent sense of security? Certainly not from the fickle face of the world, which will raise you on its shoulders one day, and trample you underfoot the next. Your Faithful Father would never do one of his children like that!
The “fullness” that we find in the Father’s presence is soba (pr. so-bah), which is “satisfaction, be satisfied.” Webster tells us that to be “satisfied” is “to provide what is required.” Are you finding satisfaction in what the world, your employer, or your friends are providing for you, family? Ephesians 3:20 supplies us with this truth that “Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” And Philippians 4:19 comes in like a flood, washing us with the assurance “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
The priceless and endless source of “joy” pouring forth from being in the presence of the Unsearchable God is simchah (pr. sim-khaw), and is “blithesomeness or glee, rejoice” where “blithesomeness” is being happy without worry, and “glee” personifies “exultant high-speed joy.” Wow! Now that’s some kind of joy! You can’t drink that at the company water cooler, shower with it in the locker room, or buy it among friends. This inexpressible joy is a free, unearned, and unconditional benefit that fills you up to overflowing when you step in and bask in the Father’s presence.
Are you tired of trying to prove your importance to those around you, family? Rather than trying in vain to measure up, try settling down in the unconditional and loving arms of your Father, Who will love on you and shower you like no one else can. Let God’s presence show you how important you are, as it settles the matter with His fullness of inexpressible joy.
Father, forgive us for trying to find our importance from the lying and unstable ways of the world. We are truly sorry for not spending more time with You and in Your presence, which is where we belong. Help us, Most Loving God, to turn to you every time we begin to feel less than who You say we are. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we are called by Your Name, and redeemed by His Blood which was shed for us. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to forsake the false approval of the world for the true affirmation from God Himself, as one of His children. Determine to not get caught up in comparing yourself to others, which will cause you to be shortsighted on how God sees you. Choose to reject the world’s whimsical view of what and who is important. And continue to fight the good fight of remaining in the Father’s presence; for God, your More-than-Enough, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.