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Monday, June 6, 2011

just sit and worship

As I closed my eyes in sleep last night, my mind was playing over and over some words that I had heard in a song a few days before. Words that just hurt my soul as well as lifted my spirits. "His dying breath gave me life". As I went to sleep, I was pondering over the agony of the death that brought such joy in new life.

I opened my eyes early this morning and immediately felt an intense desire to get in the presence of God. Really, it was more like an intense need. I needed to just sit and be still before Him. 

After my quiet study time, I headed to my back patio. I sat in a chair, leaned back and closed my eyes. I prepared myself to just sit and dwell in His presence. 

No thoughts formed. No words. Nothing but my presence was necessary at first as God knew why I was there. His love and His goodness had drawn me to this place and that was enough. I just lifted my face to heaven and basked in the glory of His presence. Unspoken words began to reach the heart of God and as I sat in silence and quiet worship, the tears began to fall.

As the fresh tears fell, I started to voice what my heart was feeling.

You are mighty and powerful.
You are majestic and glorious.
You are goodness, kindness and mercy.
Lord, you are gracious, loving and so sweet.

Worship. That's what God had beckoned me to partake in this morning. Pure, unadulterated, heartfelt worship of Him.

You are Holy, oh, God. You are so worthy.

My eyes still closed, I could feel my hand raise itself high to the heavens and I began to praise Jesus right there. As I began to name all that He is to me, I felt His precious presence settle on my spirit.

Sweet worship.

He needed me to acknowledge who He was and is in my life so that I could start living like I believe it! I needed to once again, die to self. Confess my selfishness. Commit to Him in a new and more purposed way.

He is strength and power. In his name there is life and healing.

He is all I need. Above all else, I need to desire to be in His presence. I need to give my life fully to Him. The life that cost Him everything to give. His dying breath gave me life. I owe it all to Him. May I worship and praise Him all the days of my life.

"And He said, My presence shall
go with thee, and I will give
thee rest"
(Exodus 33:14)

Loving Him more each day,
Beth

13 comments:

Elizabethd said...

What beautiful words Beth.

Denise said...

lovely Beth.I know exactly what thats like.Words sometimes don't seem to be worthy of Him.Denise

A multi-dimensional life said...

Sigh! Beth, this was such refreshment for my soul! Thank you!

Yes, He IS life and He IS all I need!! Amen!

Wanda said...

Jesus alone...all that we need. Sometimes the most powerful presence is in the solitude and quite moments of Worship.

Thank you for sharing this devotional. Food for the soul.

LisaShaw said...

Dearest Beth, in all of your sharing what I see is a heart of worship.

No better place to be but drawn into His presence-a need that our very being has--to be with the LORD!

All that He's done for me causes me all the more to be drawn to His feet in worship!!!

Blessings to you as you spend time with our Lord!

Stacey Dawn said...

So COOL.
LOVE this.

Yaya Yarns said...

Beth I totally agree, these wonderful times in silence with HIM are some of the most amazing times!
Love ya sister! You are a blessing!

Nana Jul said...

Beautiful!
The times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the LORD. He holds us all together!
I'm right there!
Love ya
Julie

Barbara said...

Oh Beth what a wonderful way to start our day, in the presence of Almighty God, the great Jehovah, to sit and bask in his love, his mercy and grace, oh to be like thee, is my earnest prayer. Have a very blessed day my friend. ☺

Andrea said...

Blessings and prayers,
andrea

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

Truly beautiful. Praise YOU, Yeshua, Father God!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

It's been a long while since I felt such lavish worship... gave such lavish worship. I find it most often happens when I'm out walking; I don't have a back porch nor a quiet corner to my day. But I do have the streets; it's easier for me to worship God there.

Love you, sister.

peace~elaine

De Anna Morris said...

My heart and yours see Him much the same...from the back porch! My favorite place to worship Him, study His word...to be.

Blessings!