The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Setting Him Before Us

"I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken" (Psa.16:8).

Many of us might reluctantly admit that there have been times when we find ourselves not as close to God as we would like to be. It is at these moments that we are at our spiritually weakest point. Today's verse, written by King David, is a not so subtle reminder of the importance of having God close by. A few verses later he writes: "You will make known for me the path of life; In Your presence is the fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever" (V 11). The lyrical beauty of these words is amazing... With the Lord close to us, there is the fullness of joy and pleasures forever...Now I don't know about you, but I'm all for that! If we reach points in our lives when things aren't going as well as we would like them to, is it possible that somehow we have put too much space between us and the Lord? We might wish that there were some magic words that would get us closer, but since there are not, we can turn to the magic book... The Bible is just filled with ways to get into a more intimate relationship with God... We might try a simple one first... "The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge" (Psa.19:1-2). We might just take a few moments and allow nature to draw us closer to God as it tells of His glory and knowledge.... As we take time to contemplate His creation, we come to know and understand more about His glory and power. I believe that in this understanding, we get closer to God. It is the same way that friendships are enhanced when we get to know one another better. Sometimes Jesus found it necessary to get away from the daily grind of life and go to the mountains by Himself to pray and meditate... We may not have a mountain to go to, but we can get away also to pray and meditate. We sing a hymn from time to time entitled, Walking Alone At Eve by Thomas R. Sweatmon. I will conclude today's devotional with the first verse.... "Walking alone at eve and viewing the stars afar, Bidding the darkness come to welcome each silver star; I have a great delight in the wonderful scenes above, God in His power and might is showing His truth and love...." More about getting closer tomorrow....

Have a great day.. Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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