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Thursday, September 10, 2015

His Presence

“Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts” (Psalm 15:1-2, NIV).

In this precious morning silence I draw my next breath. This time is your gift to me. My moment to draw closer. My moment to seek you. My moment to give you my time and heart. I've come to worship you with a heart that so desperately needs you. My life is opened before you. You already know every thought and every sin in my life, and it is against you alone that have I sinned, Lord. Perhaps I have harmed someone, but the truth is I have harmed myself and broken your heart that loved me enough to die for me. From the very moment I was conceived, you have designed my life to be one of honesty and integrity–to be one of unbroken fellowship with you. I ache to enter your presence, but to be in your presence my life must be honest and open, and my heart sincere. I yearn for that moment where your heart beats within mine–that moment you pray what I am unable to pray. Reveal to me my sin. Reveal to me my bad attitude. Reveal to me my selfishness. Reveal to me my failure. Let nothing in my life stand between me and your forgiveness. Have mercy on me, Lord, Because of your sweet compassion and unfailing love, wash me clean. Purify my life. Change my heart. Break my heart for love of you. I lay all on your altar this morning. I lay it all down so that I might again enter your presence. Give me back my joy again! Let my life, now broken of the guilt, rejoice in your holy presence. Continually create in me a clean heart, Lord, and place a loyal spirit within me. Never send me from your presence, Lord. I can't survive without my heart-to-heart worship with you. I can't survive without that moment I know that I have once more been able to enter your presence. I am restored by the joy of your forgiveness. I am restored by your mercy and grace. I am restored. I don't want to leave your presence, but I must step into my day. Nothing that arises in the day before me can alter my heart connection with you. I have been in your presence, and you have bestowed upon my life all that I need for each moment. My heart's cry is not to fail you. I pray to walk forth from this time in your spirit. I pray that my life is one of worship that speaks honesty and sincerity throughout the day before me. I have been with you, Lord, and I will carry you with me. Guard my life and my tongue and my action. May each moment glorify you, and may I never fail in your desire for me. You are my life, and I want nothing more or less. Just you, Lord (Psalm 51).

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