“But for me, it is good to be near God.” (Psalm 73:28a TLV).
At Sukkot, we celebrate not only God’s presence with the Israelites in the wilderness, but also his presence with us today as His Holy Spirit dwells in all who have professed faith in Messiah Yeshua.
Do you find God delightful? We may not often use that word when we consider God’s presence, but Scripture reveals His many delights. For instance:
God has rivers of delights for us to drink from (Psalm 36:9)
When we delight ourselves in God, He will give us what our hearts desire (Psalm 37:4)
His works, law, testimonies, path, and name are delightful (Psalm 111:2, Psalm 119:16, 24, 35, Psalm 135:3)
Another word for delight is joy. Joy is not subject on our outward circumstances. It runs deeper than what happy events and easy conditions can supply. It comes from knowing and trusting in our amazing, good and loving God. He has reached down to earth to redeem us, is always with us, and never stops extending His love and gifts to us.
Sometimes it takes a bit of effort to shift our focus from the condition of unhappy circumstances to find the unchanging joys available through God’s presence with us. But they are there waiting for us to embrace.
Enjoy His presence today – and may you find His joy!
“You make known to me the path of life. Abundance of joys are in Your presence, eternal pleasures at Your right hand” (Psalm 16:11 TLV).