Lost in Wonder, Love and Praise
Pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. (Lamentations 2:19)
Ever tried talking to your children when they’re watching their favorite TV program? Or to your husband when his head is in the newspaper? Or to your wife when a friend brings their newborn baby? The chances are, you won’t get through! They’re so caught up with what they are focused on that they’re lost to the world. It’s as if nothing else existed!
And that’s what God’s heart is for us when we come into His presence: to be so caught up with Him that nothing else matters, that everything else fades into insignificance, and that He alone becomes the focus of our attention as we pour out our heart to Him. When that happens, we have truly had a foretaste of heaven!
The final verse of one of Charles Wesley’s most famous hymns, "Love Divine," ends like this: Changed from glory into glory, Till in heaven we take our place, Till we cast our crowns before Thee, Lost in wonder, love and praise. "Lost in wonder, love and praise." That’s how it’s going to be in heaven! There will be nothing to distract us, or to worry us, or take our minds from God and his wonderful presence. But we don’t have to wait until heaven to start experiencing and enjoying God’s presence! Even in the Old Testament, there were times when God’s presence came down in a special way, like when Solomon brought the ark into the temple. There was such an outburst of praise that suddenly "the temple of the Lord was filled with a cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God" (2 Chronicles 5:13-14). If that was their experience under the old covenant, how much more can we expect the presence of God through Jesus in the power of his Spirit!
God wants us to experience a foretaste of heaven, to be lost in wonder, love and praise – but we have to want it too! God forces nothing on us – least of all, the enjoyment of His presence! So, how much do you want His presence today?
They ate and drank with great joy in the presence of the Lord that day. (1 Chronicles 29:22)
Copyright © 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont
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