God, your wraparound presence is our defense. In your kindness look upon the faces of your anointed ones. For just one day of intimacy with you is like a thousand days of joy rolled into one! I’d rather stand at the threshold in front of the Gate Beautiful, ready to go in and worship my God, than to live my life without you in the most beautiful palace of the wicked. For the Lord God is brighter than the brilliance of a sunrise! Wrapping himself around me like a shield, he is so generous with his gifts of grace and glory. Those who walk along his paths with integrity will never lack one thing they need, for he provides it all! O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, what euphoria fills those who forever trust in you! Psalm 84:9-12
Lord Jesus, we don’t just want to know about You, we want to know You through and through. In the midst of our hectic lives and pressing matters, help us to pause and feel the reassurance of Your loving kindness and faithfulness. Nothing this world has to offer compares to the glory of Your presence. Amen.