She snuggles right in. Reading a book is one of her favourite things to do. She’s got her favourite chair and her favourite book. If she doesn’t feel like she’s quite close enough, she’ll scoot herself in deeper so she’s perfectly nestled in the crook of your arm. Then she’s ready for the book to be read. And it’s the same book over and over again. She never tires of it. Presented with other options, she always returns to the one she loves. She can’t get enough of it.
We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks for your Name is near; men tell of your wonderful deeds. Psalm 75:1 (NIV)
We thank you, God, we thank you – your Name is our favourite word, your mighty works are all we talk about. Psalm 75:1 (MSG)
God’s Name is near. His presence is near. He is a favourite.
I often live as if He is far off. Like He is distant. Like He is less interested in what is going on in my life.
Living with the thought that God is far away is a lie. He is closer than the air that I breathe. He is Immanuel – God with us. He’s not just with us at Christmas, either. All year. Every day – God is with us.
Do I scoot right into His presence, tucking myself close in His embrace? Do I bring out my favourites to share with Him? Do I delight in being with Him? Do I pay attention to what He’s up to? Do we talk about what I see Him doing in the world? Do I still my lips? Do I listen to what He has to say? Do I hear His heartbeat? Do I experience afresh His love?
I think my life would be different if I did those things. I think I would be less worried about my wants if my gaze was aligned with His. I think I would be less consumed with petty grievances. I think my heart would break for the things that are breaking His. I think it would be easier to be still because His presence is always enough. I think it would be easy to worship deeply because there is no way I can ever express the glory due His name. I think I would overflow with gratitude and thanks because He has done for me than I have words.
God, forgive me living as if You are a long way away. Open my eyes so that I might see what You are up to and where You are moving. May my lips always be ready to tell of all of the amazing things You have done for me. Your name is great and most worthy of my honour and praise. Amen.