An invitation to feast!

God invites you to fill your whole being with His presence. His presence is more satisfying than the richest delicacies or drinks available to man. His presence will bring peace to your tormented heart. It will quieten your racing mind. It will envelop you when you feel lonely. It is priceless, and freely available to all who need it, or long for it.

I desperately need it today. Which is why I was filled with such thankfulness and relief when I read the following scripture:

“Wait and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing]. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy]. Incline your ear [submit and consent to the divine will] and come to Me; hear, and your soul will revive; and I will make an everlasting covenant or league with you, even the sure mercy (kindness, goodwill, and compassion) promised to David.” Is 55:1-3

Every part of this scripture blessed me. Am I thirsty? Yes! Do I need spiritual nourishment? Yes! Do I need FREE spiritual nourishment? Yes!

I will eat the nourishing, soul-satisfying promises of God. I will receive life from it so that my soul will be revived! I will be delighted in the fatness (total spiritual joy) that will overtake me after such a spiritual meal, and I will come to Him and be showered by his kindness, goodwill and compassion.

“Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4

The best place to be

A little while back I spoke about the human heart’s longing for contentment – and the only place this can be found is in God. Today I want to elaborate on this a bit, by referring to Psalm 84. David had a revelation of the soul-satisfaction that is experienced in a relationship with God. He also spoke about the human heart’s yearning and longing – but He addresses the only Person who can fill this void.

“My soul yearns, yes, even pines and is homesick for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out and sing for joy to the living God.” Ps 84:2

The courts, or the house of the Lord refers to His presence. So if David says he longs and pines after the courts of the Lord, he is longing to be in the presence of God. A little later he says everybody who dwells in God’s presence will be blessed, fortunate and envied. They will be envied because of the total peace and contentment they experience – something the world longs for but cannot find.

Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are those who dwell in Your house and Your presence; they will be singing Your praises all the day long. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!” Ps 84:4

The last part of this verse also contains something interesting.  David says that those who dwell in the house (presence) of God wil be singing His praises all day long. He did not say they HAD to sing His praises, or MUST sing His praises – they WILL be singing His praises. This is because praise and adoration is the most natural reaction to contact with the true, loving nature of God.  If you feel you are forced to worship, you have not heard about the goodness of God’s true character.

The best place to be is in His presence. That is where you will find contentment, peace, life, forgiveness and fullness of joy.