They go from strength to strength; every one of them appears before God in Zion!
~ Psalm 84:7
Happy New Year!
I woke this morning with the words of Psalm 84 dancing in my spirit: "How lovely are Your dwelling places, O Lord of Hosts! My soul longs and even faints for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the Living God!"
Those who dwell continually with the Lord are blessed, and the longing for Him increases daily so that we desire nothing but to praise Him and to REST in His glorious Presence (Selah!)
We who love HIM and find our strength IN HIM are blessed to have internal "highways" to Zion; pathways in the Spirit that lead us always back to His home, His Throne. This is the place of healing, restoration, wisdom, intimacy, and revelation!
Yes, at times these pathways of our hearts pass through what seems like a "veil of tears" (the 'valley of Baca' in this Psalm), but the Lord turns even our bitter tears into sweet fountains and springs, adding the downpours of His glory like rain that cover us with His blessed Presence! Once you taste the reality of His Presence, there is nothing else that will satisfy.
I will write more about what I see for this New Year soon. Today, I felt the Lord simply wanted me to encourage you.
As you continue to seek God daily and diligently, you DO appear before Him. (Psalm 84:7) Your names are already inscribed in in His book of life for this year and EVERY year, because of your faith in Christ's resurrection power!
Do not allow the enemy to keep you out of God's courts with his legalism or his lies: this is a year to RUN into the arms of a Father who loves you and will draw near to you every time you draw near to Him.
While the world remains in unbelief and is subject to condemnation (John 3:18), you have been bought with a high price so that you may freely stand in the courts of heaven. "The Lord gives grace and glory; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly." (Psalm 84:11)
I hear the Lord emphasizing Psalm 84: "How blessed is the man who trusts in You!"
Against all opposing forces, choose to walk by FAITH this New Year, believing that God is good and looks upon you with favor. Invite His Presence not only for these "Ten Days of Awe," but also for the fullness of this year. Give Him the first fruits of your strength and time and He will reward you with the sweetness of His Presence like honey!
While the world goes through its seasons of chaos and change, the eternal truths of the Word of God cannot be changed. It is the blessing of the Lord that brings true riches, and He adds no sorrow to His blessings! (Proverbs 10:22)
You are on the Lord's heart just as you are on mine today. I pray He will openly reward your sacrificial worship and private moments of honoring Him, in every beautiful way!
New Year's Blessings,
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A severe hearing loss from childhood caused Deborah Perkins to develop what she now calls her secret weapon: tuning in to God's voice. A Wellesley College graduate and an award-winning writer, Deborah is now a wife and mother of 3 boys. Deborah has devoted over 25 years to professional and lay Christian ministry in New England and beyond. Her passion is inspiring people to cultivate greater intimacy with God.