Here’s the one thing I crave from God, the one thing I seek above all else: I want the privilege of living with him every moment in his house, finding the sweet loveliness of his face, filled with awe, delighting in his glory and grace. I want to live my life so close to him that he takes pleasure in my every prayer.
Psalms 27:4 TPT
I would like you to just take a moment and think about the scripture above. How does it make you feel? This scripture just exudes intimacy to me. Unfortunately many have truly misunderstood what intimacy truly is.
close familiarity or friendship; closeness.
a private cozy atmosphere.
"I want to live my life so close to him that he takes pleasure in my every prayer."
I love how at the end the psalmist says I want to live my life so close to Him that he takes pleasure in my every prayer. Whew I don't know if that hit you, but it hit me. It painted what it is like to have true intimacy with the Father. To enjoy being in His presence and to be so close that He takes pleasure in our prayers. This is such a beautiful thing because I think that some of us (myself included) don't really realize how much God takes pleasure in us. How He simply adores us as His children whom He made.
When you are first with someone you love you want to be around them all the time, even if what you did was absolutely nothing. haha . Just to be in that person's presence would be enough to make your heart flutter. You want to be as close to them as possible.
In this we are able to see a loving Father who not allow finds joy in our presence but helps us to find joy in His. Receiving all that He wants to give to us as His children. We just have to be the ones are ready to receive it. Who are fully surrendered and in a posture to hear what He is saying.
After really thinking about what was being said, I found myself asking myself, "what are you craving Shakiya?" In that moment, I had to think what are those things that I am desiring more than God? Those things that I let slip in to the place where He only belongs? Those things that I think about more than Him?
I will say this question really began to become louder after I began my fast this past January. And in the midst of denying my flesh from certain foods, this cry to seek Him above all else grew tremendously. I began to say "Lord I want to crave you above everything else! The things that this world can offer, doesn't compare to what you can give me." I am well aware what craving Earthly things is like, but I had to think do I crave God like I crave chocolate? (yep I'm a sweets lover don't judge! lol) But I had to take it there to really bring into perspective how much I crave God. In that moment I knew somethings had to change and in this moment I didn't feel condemnation, because that isn't from the Father. Condemnation will make you feel shamed and down on yourself. But, conviction which is what the Holy Spirit will bring, it will empower you to make a change.
So, I want to encourage you to really seek God on the things that may be putting before Him. He may lead you to fast from those things, but be in good spirits it's only to grow you. Whatever you give up for Him, He will replace it with something so much better.
As always stay beautiful inside & out!