My friend Devon has to be one of the funniest people I know. I can’t tell you how many times Emily and I have been buckled over in a tear-jerking belly laugh while spending time with her.

For example, one time in college we were bemoaning together the need to bring a present to a birthday party. We were poor college students after all! It wasn’t long before our angst turned into down-right silliness and, under Devon’s influence, we found ourselves chanting in a sassy voice, “my presence is the present, y’all!”

This story came to mind when I read the following quote by Tozer:

The blessing of worship is getting to come into the presence of God, knowing that you are welcomed in His presence as He is in your presence.

HIS presence really is the present, y’all!

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We get to be in a relationship with God. I don’t know about you, but that’s something I take for granted everyday. How is it that I don’t wake up everyday amazed by the fact that I have access to the presence of God at any moment?

Adam and Eve literally got to walk around and talk with God. I’m guessing they didn’t know what they had until they lost it. Story of mankind! What makes sin so awful is that it caused the biggest breakup in history!

After the fall, the people of God could no longer enter the holiest place — the place saturated with the presence of God. Only one man could enter this space in the temple after a going through a series of intense rituals. Even then, it was dangerous. If not done properly, the man chosen to go before the presence of God would die. That’s how precious and valuable the presence of God is.

The greatest treasure of the Gospel is the fact that we now have access to the presence of God again.

For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Jesus, and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of the cross…”
Colossians 1:20

When was the last time you thanked Jesus for making peace between you and God? He relieved the relationship-breaking tension our sin caused and provided a way for us to get back in relationship with God.

I’m not sure how much of a gift my presence is. That’s why our silly chant was so funny to me. But Tozer is right.The gift of worship is that we get to be in the presence of God again.

Wait minute! It’s actually better than that. We don’t just get to be in His presence, we are welcomed into His presence.

Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness…

Hebrews 4:16

When you give someone a present, don’t you want them to enjoy it? Enjoy the gift Jesus has secured for you. Boldly pursue the presence of God in both corporate and private times of worship. What a tragedy for us not to open the greatest gift that we’ve been given in Christ: the very presence of God.

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