Psalm 84:10 (NKJV) For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness. 11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly. 12 O Lord of hosts, Blessed is the man who trusts in You!

Do you spend time in God’s presence praying, singing praises to the Lord, and bowing before the Lord in your private time? These are things that each of us benefit from. Do you feel too macho or too proud to bow or sing to God? If that’s the case then look with me at a real man in the Old Testament.

The psalms of King David are songs that still give us direction and hope. David was a man who knew his own sinfulness yet was able to sing, “What joy for those you choose to bring near, those who live in your holy courts. What joys await us inside your holy Temple.” (Psalm 84:10)! God wants you to know you are welcome and valued before His presence. The joy you find in His presence each day will help you stay tuned in to His desire for you.

Worship and prayer will remind you of how great and Holy God is. You will gain a new appreciation for how gracious God is to forgive you and allow you into His majestic presence. I know I don’t deserve many of the blessings the Lord gives, But I am so glad the Lord gives me access to His wondrous presence! How about you?

Point to ponder- Especially in this Advent season: When was the last time you prayed and sang to Jesus? If it’s been a while, try it. You will experience something very special. You’ll continue the process of being transformed into the image of Jesus Christ.

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Kingdom Blessings,

Pastor James Baker, Jr.

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