I’ve noticed something about myself that I’ve never noticed before.
I need to be alone.
I need silence.
Do you? I bet you do–maybe even more than you know.
Whether you’re a mama with small children or an empty-nester like me–we need a quiet moment in the day to recharge our spirits.
But not just any kind of silence will do. Silence can be lonely. Empty. But silence spent in the Presence of God fills us with strength and joy. This scripture promises it.
“Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and joy in His dwelling place.” ~1Chron. 16:27
The Hebrew words that form this sentence are beautiful. But I’ll only focus on one. “Dwelling place” is the translated counterpart for the ancient word, maqowm; it’s definition is:
“Dwelling place” is lovely, but “standing place” puts me right at His feet. If I’m simply where He dwells, I picture myself in His house. But if I’m where He stands, I’m right next to Him. I’m in His Presence. And honestly, if He is standing, I see myself on my knees bowed as low as I can go. Something happens when I get on my knees, my face to the ground.
I find strength, peace, and joy.[bctt tweet=”If your joy and strength are evaporating, place yourself next to Him–His standing place.” username=”wordsbyandylee”]
Pray with me?
“Lord, our lives are so loud and hectic. We thank you for all the people and blessings that make the noise during our day. But when we feel our strength waning and our joy fading please help us get away if only for a moment to a place all alone (even if it’s the bathroom with the door locked.) Let us fall on our knees right at your maqowm, your standing place. Recharge us with your joy and your strength. We love you. Amen and Amen.”
Leave a comment. Where do you feel the Presence or standing place of God? Do you receive joy and strength for the day when you’re there?
See you Friday!
By His Grace,
This post was adapted from Where to Find Strength and Joy posted in 2014.