[The presence of God on the throne of grace is an abundant source of delight to the righteous person; let us drink from the streams which are meant to make us glad. LET US REJOICE BEFORE OUR AWESOME ABBA FATHER. As seekers of a happy God we should wear the garments of delight, for IN HIS PRESENCE IS FULNESS OF JOY. That presence, which is the fear and terror of the wicked, is our desire and delight! O yes, let us exceedingly rejoice. Let us dance with all our might, as David did, for the very joy of the Lord!] “…may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; MAY THEY BE HAPPY AND JOYFUL. Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; REJOICE BEFORE HIM–his name is the LORD. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” (Psa. 68:3-5) [I have this memory as a child of about 8 years old; my mom and I took a flight to California. I don’t remember any of the details, but what I do remember is this; I lived in the Seattle area, it had been several days of depressing cloudy overcast skies. Having never flown I did not know what to expect, so imagine my delight as we flew through the clouds; WOW, what beautiful sunlight! The sun had always been there, just not visible through the clouds!] “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, WHO DAILY BEARS OUR BURDENS. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.” (Psa. 68:19-20) [Our awesome Abba Father IS ALWAYS, here with us!] “Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth, SING PRAISE TO THE LORD, to him who rides across the highest heavens, the ancient heavens, who thunders with mighty voice.” (Psa. 68:32-33) [Somehow Jesus and our Abba Father will come to us and make their home, the place where they live, IN US!] Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and WE WILL COME TO THEM and MAKE OUR HOME WITH THEM.” (John 14:23) [Jesus said that he laid his life down for his friends; THAT’S US!] “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I HAVE CALLED YOU FRIENDS, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15)

Be blessed as you praise The Lord, knowing that JESUS AND OUR ABBA FATHER WILL COME TO US AND MAKE THEIR HOME WITH US! –

Bill Stockham

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