“I’m about to burst with song; I can’t keep quiet about you. God, my God, I can’t thank you enough.” ~ Psalm 30:12, The Message

I propped myself up with a pillow and stretched out on the porch swing. The gentle swaying moved in sweet rhythm to the creaking lullaby of the chain, settling me into a heavenly rest. Oh, how good it is to rest – to be still and know that He, and He alone, is God.

Stillness. That’s a hard one, isn’t it? Ceasing from our busyness, from our productivity, from our service – ceasing and resting in His Presence. But, oh the joy that is born of rest.

I turned my eyes heavenward and visually traced the thunderhead forming on the horizon. Its tower stretched like a pillar, billowing as power surged within, morphing the cloud into greater and greater strength. God whispered to me, “My power is like that: billowing, surging, morphing into what you need at any given moment. My power is within you, because My Spirit is within you. My strength is within you because My Spirit is within you. Open your eyes to see My beauty, My holiness. Awaken your heart to love Me more. Burst into song for you have been redeemed. Be glad in Me; rejoice in My love, for My love is from everlasting to everlasting. You are the apple of My eye, My sweet, sweet child. I love you.”

King David was overcome with joy at the knowledge of God’s love. He said, “I can’t keep quiet about You (Lord). God, my God, I can’t thank You enough.”

His Presence does that to us doesn’t it? It’s hard to explain, but it’s something we know in our knower. Something deep and eternal, something sure and sweet. His Presence is something that turns our sorrow into laughter, our weariness into strength and our sighs into song.

I closed my eyes and rocked in my Father’s arms.

Life is good and God is great.

Father, You are beautiful beyond description, Your mercy floods my soul. Thank You for revealing Yourself to Your children. Thank You for Your Spirit that dwells within, comforting, guiding, and strengthening us. Thank You for Your Presence that brings us rest. We love You, Lord.


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