Monday, January 27, 2014

It is Sweet Being in His Presence

For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. 
I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, 
than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
                    Psalms 84:10

Another sign of God’s children is, to delight to be much in God’s
presence.  Children are to be in the presence of their father;
where the King is, there is the court; where the presence of God
is, there is heaven.  God is in a special manner present in his
ordinances, they are the Ark of his presence.  Now, if we are
his children, we love to be much in holy duties.  In the use of
ordinances we draw near to God, we come into our Father’s
presence; in prayer we have secret conference with God; the
soul while it is praying, is as it were parlying with God.  In the
word we hear God speaking from heaven to us; and how doth
every child of God delight to hear his Father’s voice!  In the
sacrament God kisseth his children with the kisses of his lips;
he gives them a smile of his face, and a privy-seal of his love:
oh, it is good to draw near to God.  It is sweet being in his
presence: every true child of God saith, “A day in thy courts is
better than a thousand!”
                                                            Thomas Watson

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