James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you.

Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

John 9: While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

John 3:19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.

Approaching God is no easy thing. The closer we get the more sinful we appear. It makes us uncomfortable to be found out for what we really are. God seems unapproachable. So how do we come out into His glorious light? It is by confession.

Isaiah 59: 1Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,
    nor his ear too dull to hear.
But your iniquities have separated
    you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
    so that he will not hear.
For your hands are stained with blood,
    your fingers with guilt.
Your lips have spoken falsely,
    and your tongue mutters wicked things.

Shine your light on His goodness, His glory, His majesty. Remind Him of His wondrous works. Thank Him for the miracles in your life.

Show Him you are aware of His presence in your life through worship: Sing, dance, rejoice.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

Psalm 145:3 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends your works to another;
    they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
    and I will meditate on your wonderful works.[b]
They tell of the power of your awesome works—
    and I will proclaim your great deeds.

The more you rejoice in the LORD the closer He comes. It is in this worship that He reveals himself to us and approaches us and does His wondrous works. He heals the sick, cleanses our sins, and brings us into His wondrous light. This is the place of His rest. This is the hour of our salvation.

Exodus 15:2 “The Lord is my strength and my defense[a];
    he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him,
    my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 35:9 Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord
    and delight in his salvation.

 

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