“If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and embracing Him, sharing His cares and His burdens, weeping and rejoicing with Him, then how are you going to handle forever and ever in His presence? You’d be bored to tears in heaven, if you’re not ecstatic about God now!”
-Keith Green (1953-1982)
1 Thessalonians 5:16-19
Can you say with David, “my soul longs for, even faints for the courts of my God” (Psalm 84:2). David cherished his time with the Lord; time that was spent for much of His life watching sheep or running for his life. Even in his sin, David cried “do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me” (Psalm 51:11).
We have the opportunity to come boldly into the presence of the Lord (Hebrews 4:16) because of the propitiation Christ has made for us. Let us not waiver from our very purpose, but with great diligence pursue the presence of God. May we spend such quality time with Him that we know His heart, His thoughts, and His cares. Oh, that we would have the heart of God that is developed by time with Him.
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) said this in his “Resolution #22:”
Resolved, to endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness, in the other world, as I possibly can, with all the power; might, vigor, and vehemence, yea violence, I am capable of, or can bring myself to exert, in any way that can be thought of.
To enjoy God; to pray and seek after Him; to not quench or grieve the Holy Spirit; and to do all with great endeavor is to glorify God forever. Ask God today to increase your spiritual appetite. Let him increase your capacity for prayer and worship. Today, may He stir a longing for His presence within you—more than you have known before.