As I began to write this morning, I didn’t immediately feel the presence of the LORD. Praise God this has been the exception and not the rule lately. I can see that there is a direct correlation between putting Him first and seeking Him with feeling His presence. In this split second, I had the thought that I would worship him even if I didn't feel his presence. I pictured myself alone at an altar. Even if He isn't there I will worship him I thought. In that moment, I felt the Holy Spirit whisper "I am always at the altar". Then I heard him say "You need to be in my WORD" and I realized my error. Oh how I love His presence and His voice. Thank you LORD for this gift you have given to us. The ability to be in your presence, not because of what we have done, but because of the sacrifice you made for us.
I also realized that God is a God of order and I had jumped right in to writing (the work) without seeking Him first (the worship). Let praise and worship be our first priority, not the work for without him the work is in vain. "I am the vine and you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:5).
I was taken aback at the realization of just how powerful this truth is. God is always at the altar! How many times have we wondered where is God? I think a better question for us might be "Where are we?". It reminds me of a story I have heard my pastor tell. There was an old couple driving down the road in the same pickup truck they had owned for many years. From the passenger seat, the wife looks over at her husband and says "When we were dating you used to sit closer to me" to which the husband responds "I ain't moved." There is a powerful truth in this simple story. Too many times, we distance ourselves from God and wonder why the distance exists.
The good news is that He knows where we live and we know where He lives. If you want to find God today, go to Him, He is always at the altar!
Also, want to give a shout out today to someone who is very dear to me on a very special day. My number one encourager and blog supporter is my Dad and today is his 80th birthday. I know he may be a little bias, but he always tells me and others how great he thinks this blog is and he is honestly one of the main reasons I keep writing. I appreciate your kind words of encouragement more than you know Dad. We all love you very much. Happy Birthday!!! Praying today is a special day for you.
Be blessed everyone and remember, you are never alone at the altar!