Prepared In His Presence

David wrote his Psalms pre-cross. We read them post-cross. Psalm 138:8 says, “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands.” As we know from Philippians 1:6 that the Lord will continue His work until He takes us into eternity.

Here is something the Holy Spirit pointed out to me just now as I was proofreading my next book, “Persistent Faith: silent trust in God alone.” Exodus 33:7 says, “Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and called it the tabernacle of meeting…”

I always read it before as if it were a separate tent. It was his living quarters! He made his life the place where he met with God. Liken this to our quiet time. We set aside time, away from our busy life, to meet with the Lord in intimate communion.

Dwelling in the present in His Presence is like Mary. Luke 10:38-42 is a narrative about two sisters. Verse 38 says that Martha welcomed Jesus into her house. Verse 39 says of Mary, “…who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.”

Verse 40-41 might be a good example for us of staying too busy to spend quality time communing with the Lord~sitting at His feet. The narrative says that Martha was distracted with much serving. Jesus spoke to her in verse 41, “…Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.”

Here is my take away. Jesus said in verse 42, “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part…” I love John 12:3 which was written about Mary. She, “…took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair…”

Note how her act of love affected her and everyone around her. The verse went on to say, “…And the house was filled with the fragrance of oil.” Sitting at Jesus’ feet prepared her for the good work He preordained for her to walk in. 

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