Then went King David in and sat before the Lord, and he said
"Who am I, O LORD God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O LORD God....
And is this the manner of man, O LORD God?
What can I say more unto thee? for thou, LORD God, knowest thy servant.
The first sentence of this verse is what speaks to me today. I believe the Lord God wants us To come and sit before Him and simply focus on Him.
Remove all distractions, and give Him our full attention, Make Him our primary focus
ALL by Himself, without having to compete with anything else
not time, nor schedules
not the T.V.
not the job
not household chores
not the husband/wife or children
not problems/worries or concerns
BUT JUST HIM!
And not coming before Him to get something from Him
(of which I am totally guilty)
I need a word from Him
I need to hear Him
I need write something
I need to see something
I need a though or idea
I need a spark, a healing, a solution, a strategy; I need! I need! I need!!!
But what if we simply sat before the Lord just to be with Him?
And not ask Him or expect anything from Him in return, except to enjoy His presence and let Him enjoy ours as a Good Father does.
The Lord gave me this analogy:
Remember when or how you come/go to visit your earthly parents or your grown children and grandchildren come to visit you. You visit with them, not looking for anything in return from them, You just want to enjoy their presence and being with them.
You say "Hello!",
you ask them how they are doing,
you ask them about their day, their daily goings-on,
you ask if there is anything you can do for them while you are there;
you just want to visit, to see them, to be with them and do for them.
You do this for your earthly parents, why don't we do this for the LORD?
But we come with hands outstretched and a laundry list of wants and needs ready to receive from Him
our next word
the next business idea or strategy
a finanial miracle
next Sunday's sermon or Sunday school teaching or
for a Rhema word for the next conference or
a healing for yourself/friend or family member
bring my prodigal son/daughter home
save unsaved family members
and all these things are good! There is nothing wrong with any of it because He wants us to come and receive from Him. He wants to give it to us.
But I also believe He wants our hearts to burn so in love for Him, and toward Him, that we come at times simply wanting Him! and to be in His presence.
But ponder this?
Can we truly come before a Great God, a Good Father and simply enjoy Him and not expect anything from Him? We know He is Good. (Mark 10:18) We know He is the giver of good and perfect gifts.(James 1:17) We know He loves to give. (John 3:16) This is His nature.
He loves us
He is good
He is a giver
We must all walk out the different facets and stages of our relationship with God. It is a journey, unique to each of us; ever evolving and growing. But I pray that we each, myself included, get to a place that we have such love for the Father that we simply come to Him to sit in His presence and that, that love then evolves into the kind of love spoken about in Romans 12:1, the laying down of our lives as living sacrifices, His will for ours.
And who knows, maybe one day, that love evolves into the kind of love Jesus had for us. The kind of love which John 15:13 speaks about; "No greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend. The kind of love demonstrated by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ because He considers us FRIEND. The kind of love God had from the beginning: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
I thank you Father for loving us. I thank you for showing us what real, true love is. I pray Father that you would open our hearts and expand it's capacity to receive more of your true love. Expand our capacity to extend your true love unto others so that others will know there is a God and that you love them unconditionally. Thank you Father for your love and for hearing and answering this prayer. In Jesus mighty name, Amen.