For years as a child I was taught that if I wanted to talk to God all I had to do was start speaking to the air and God would always hear me. And when you are new in the Lord, He does grant some leniency in that area.
Yet as I progressed in my relationship with the Lord and things (life) became more cluttered, I found that speaking to the air didn’t have the same effect that it once did, and that coming into the presence of the Lord was much more difficult than it once was when I was young.
Yet there is in the Bible a tried and true method for entering into the presence of the Lord and that is where we always want to be, and it is found in the following scripture:
“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”
A short and simple group of verses with a very good bit of information regarding a way to approach the Lord. First we are to enter His gates with thanksgiving. Start by remembering all the things that He has done for you, thank Him for them, and then as you do this, you can move from His outer gates, into His inner courts as your words of thanks morph into deeper praise and worship.
I had literally read this scripture hundreds of times before I realized that it was actually describing an order for entering into the presence of the Lord, but it actually makes sense when you realize that you are coming into the presence of royalty. So today and every day, let us approach the Lord with the reverence and respect and appreciation that He deserves, in the manner which He has described for us to approach Him.