A busy life is something I am certain you can all identify with. For some, this looks more like organised mayhem compared to others in all out chaos. Personally, this week has imploded – multiple requests for multiple actions from multiple directions, all of which takes things from us; physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Amid the noise, demands and pressure, somewhere from within comes a gentle and soft reminder of God’s voice. “I am the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” And this is followed by a gentle reminder: “and thread all the way through.” It’s the conversation opener – how should I respond?
My eyes lift from the situations spiralling around me. I am reminded immediately that my help comes from the Lord. I am invited to change my perspective and to invite God into my situations. A few prayer requests begin to circulate, and I take a moment to listen – to hear what God has to say.
Psalm 84 begins with the psalmist’s proclamation: “How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord.” I am reminded of Matt Redman’s song Better is one day which is based on this psalm and includes the chorus ‘Better is one day in Your courts, than thousands elsewhere.’ I am sure we can all agree how wonderful it is to be in God’s presence.
However, there often feels like there is a gulf between where we are and where He is. At times, it can feel immense – particularly when our worlds are spiralling out of control.
But isn’t it remarkable how proximity and access do not correlate with Kingdom thinking. Reading Psalm 84 has taken me from chaos to calm in one verse. Immediate access to His divine presence despite a very different earthly landscape. My spirit certainly longs for His courts – the offer is always there. As we read further, meditating on His word, the noise continues to retreat.
It’s fantastic being in God’s presence, his conversation (scripture) is complete and encompassing. It wraps around me and immediately brings direction and helps me to feel secure and grounded.
But there’s more! It’s not just about coming into His presence – He also has giftings for you to collect while you are there: strength, blessing, protection, and favour. Attributes we can take into our day, so we are well equipped.
If you have picked up everything you need for today, from God, well done! But some of us may have the noise of the world echoing around us. I hope this is a gentle reminder that, wherever you are in your day, know that you have access to His court. All it takes is one verse to help give us that perspective and to enter in. So, take a moment now – He’s waiting for you …will you come in?
Kirsti Holt is a Prayer Line coordinator and the group leader of PF North Liverpool.
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