Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

Psalm 95: 2

 

There are striking similarities between our world and the way that we live and those of the Israelites in the days of Moses. Now, on the surface, that is a really strange idea for most of us as we are not living as desert dwelling nomads who are constantly in search of water and safe passage. Yet, when we look at those deeper levels of the heart and relationship with God, we are the same sort of human beings as they were. However, we enjoy one great advantage over the people that Moses was leading. We have direct and personal access to that relationship with God as we have the risen Christ as our Savior, Lord, and Confessor before the Most High God.

 

Thus, we are not bound to a specified place wherein we can come into the presence of God. Also, we are not required to have designated priests who are the authorized workers of sacraments and intermediaries between our Lord and ourselves. In Christ we are God’s royal priesthood, and we are the literal bearers of His presence in the person of the indwelling Holy Spirit. So, in Christ, each of us is a fully authorized worker of sacrament and exists in the unceasing presence of God. This reality is no small thing, for it means that all of the life of a follower of Christ should look like worship of the Lord. Everything that we think, say, and do is invested with celebration of the new life in Christ that we have been granted, and each of our days is a gift from God to be poured out in love upon our world.

 

If we accept the truth of these ideas, the life that we live will be altered and the manner in which we conduct it will be radically changed. Although life is certainly not always joyful, we can find the joy of our salvation in the presence of the Lord in and through it all. So, we can allow our hearts to sing in praise of Christ throughout all of our days, and each of those days will become a festival of worship to our King. Christ has freed His people from bondage to this world, and He sets us free to live boldly and joyfully in His continual presence. So, in His presence we can sing out our song of freedom as a gospel hymn that lifts our own spirits and shares our joy in the Lord with others.

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