Delighted to be in His presence

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist

Don’t you love to be in the presence of loved ones? There is such a joy in sharing and enjoying the company.

When my aunts in the rest home saw my husband and me coming to visit, their faces began to blossom and shine. My husband always kissed them hello and kissed them good-bye.

Although our children are grown and gone, how we relish the times we get to visit.

It’s being together. It’s love. It’s family. We enjoy each other.

Of all the wonderful blessings we have been given in this life, the thing I enjoy the most is the Lord.

Enjoying God might be a new concept to some, but to enjoy with Him in worship is a great privilege and delight. I look forward to special times. “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (Psalm 37:4).

I’m learning that listening is an important part of those times. A preacher once told me, “You can’t hear the Lord because you talk too much.” So I am practicing, “Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10).

Enjoying God is enjoying life. Enjoying God is an attitude of gratitude. Enjoying God puts zest into living.

Knowing the God of this universe will never leave nor forsake gives us trust. Through God’s Son we have been given eternal life, and that keeps our focus straight. Enjoying God will put a spring in your step and a song in your heart. God walks daily with us in every circumstance. That is peace and joy.

Did you know the Lord joys over you with singing? My spirit joys over him with singing, too. Many times in the night, I have awakened to find my spirit singing unto him.

If you have ever experienced this, you know what I’m taking about. Maybe I haven’t thought of a particular hymn in a long time, but I wake up with this particular song in my spirit.

A friend had been diagnosed with colon cancer. Here are her words with her permission:

“A voice began singing in my right ear. He sang beautifully. My oncologist nor any other specialists had an answer for it. The oncologist went so far as to say he had patients that had heard noises, but never music. My husband said, ‘Those who have, won’t tell it. They don’t want to be thought of as crazy.’”

My friend confided to me that the experience of the Lord singing in her ear was the most wonderful experience of her entire life and that she would not have missed it for anything. She doesn’t worry what people will think, nor does she care. She loves to tell what the Lord has done for her.

“The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).

Let us delight in his presence!