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On Holy Thursday, after our family gathering to sing praises to the Lord Jesus and read those chapters in the Gospel hours before His crucifixion to remember what He has done, Hannah told me in all seriousness, “Mom, I’m so happy today.”
On Good Friday, we met again to continue recalling the Lord’s sacrifice. As the first line of Via Dolorosa came out of lips that were full of praise, I felt like I was brought to that narrow street in Jerusalem. My heart was touched and once again I felt that deep longing inside, a hunger that only He could fill. In the first few minutes of singing praises, it felt like the room was pregnant with His presence. I opened my arms wide and lifted up my face towards the ceiling. With eyes tightly closed and lips finding their way to Via Dolorosa‘s lyrics, I could feel that I was just about ready to be sucked up to great heights, even to heaven itself.
In those few glorious moments, the spirit experiences pure bliss. This was what David meant when he declared, “In Thy presence is fullness of joy!”
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)
There are Christians that can’t seem to find their way to rejoicing in the Lord and often find themselves wandering off in the ways of discontent, joylessness or worry. And there are those who derive their happiness and fulfillment in being engaged to doing and accomplishing more – more plans, more schedules, more activities – but truly, the way to rejoicing that is laden with good fruits is the way to the sweet, holy presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. There couldn’t be any other source of higher, fuller joy than His presence could bring.
For with His presence come His light that bring wisdom from above, peace that passes understanding, and the experience of a true love that is palpable and revives, strengthens and holds together one’s spirit.
There can’t be the Lord’s presence without a change, a transformation, happening and evolving.
There is no other activity that we could get engaged into that could bring us all the beautiful and priceless things in life – love, peace, joy…the fruit of the Spirit – than in desiring, seeking, rejoicing, delighting, basking in the presence of the King of kings and Lord of lords – the one true living God!
The Lord tells us* plainly,
(*Those who have received the Lord Jesus Christ in their lives, have been baptized in water in His name and who now walk in the Spirit. To know more about the keys of salvation, click here).
My weekly gratitude list – deeply grateful to the Lord for:
(Our photos on Easter Sunday dinner).
- His salvation. Where would I be without Him in my life?
- His healing of me. Now, I can enjoy being with my family and celebrating with them.
- Tim singing praise songs so fervently. Lisping through the lyrics but he can’t be stopped.
- a delightful Easter Sunday dinner with family at home.
- these two bunnies that Tim is delighted with.