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Devotional Bible Study: Face To Face With God | Psalm 89:15-16.

Updated: Jun 3, 2021

Welcome to Day 1. for one of our short powerful devotions from the 31 Bible Verses About Practicing The Presence Of God. This short devotional is based on Psalm 89:15-16.

Read Psalm 89:15-16.

"Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship,

for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord.

16 They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation.

They exult in your righteousness."

It is thought that Psalm 89 was written during a very dangerous and traumatic time for the people of Israel.

Apparently, Israel had suffered some military setback that threatened its existence. This caused some people to think that God had forsaken his anointed king. The psalmist, therefore, recalls the covenant promise God made to David to preserve his dynasty forever, and on the basis of this, he claims God’s help (1-4; see 2 Samuel 7:8-16). It is also thought that this Psalm was written by a man called Ethan.

The Israelites found comfort and strength by joyfully worshiping God, by being in His presence, and meeting Him face-to-face. "You are their glorious strength. It pleases you to make us strong." Psalm 89:17.

Join me below for a short devotional about walking in the light of God's presence, being face-to-face with God! And join me in prayer at the end of this post.

Related: Practicing The Presence Of God: 31 Presence Of God Scriptures.

Short Devotional: Face To Face With God

Let me tell you an exciting fact, the Hebrew word most often translated for the word "presence" is the word for "face". That is the same word used in the second line of today's verse. It means intimate presence, being face-to-face with God.

You will be so blessed by walking in the light of God's presence. The light of God's presence illuminates the hidden corners of the human heart and exposes its darkest secrets. It reaches the hidden places of our hearts, which we may have hidden, even from ourselves. This is a good thing!

Although it may be painful to realize that we sin, once we repent of it, we can go deeper with God and enjoy His presence.

God longs for us to desire to be in His presence. We were created to worship Him, to yearn for Him.

To be in His presence, face-to-face with Him is a safe place to be no matter what your circumstance is. It is in that secret place with God that He can refresh you with His joy and give you the courage and strength to keep on going in your earthly walk of this life. The psalmist that wrote Psalm 89 truly understood this and found it such an important truth that it had to be written down and sung, just to encourage us!

Benefits of walking in God's presence:

  1. The light of His presence will keep you walking in God's truth.

  2. It will fill you with courage and joy throughout your day.

  3. Brother Lawerence found that practicing the presence of God throughout the day transformed mundane tasks, “In the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees in the Chapel.”~ Brother Lawrence. Maybe you will find this true for you too!

Are you walking in the light of God's presence?

Are you seeking face-to-face time with God?

Join me for 30 more days of studying what God has to say about being in His presence. I know that we will both be blessed. I have created a free printable with 31 scriptures on Practicing The Presence Of God, a guided prayer journal to help you go deeper with each verse and to help you unpack what God is saying to you through each verse.

Today's devotional is based on Psalm 89:15-16 which is from our Practicing The Presence Of God: 31 Presence Of God Scriptures Plan. You will find a free printable PDF of 31 scriptures about God's presence in the Resource Library. It has a bible reading plan, guided prayer, and gratitude journal. Download this free printable or grab a notebook.

What is God saying to you through this verse?

What burdens do you need to surrender to God and trust Him with?

Write out your prayer request.

What are you grateful for today? Count your blessings!

Write out the scripture verse, it helps you to memorize the scripture and store up God's truth in your heart. Then in the last section of the prayer journal, there is space to record what God is speaking to you through our grace bible verse for today, Psalm 89:15-16.

Scripture Prayer

We are called to pray without ceasing. That means we can talk with God at any time and in any place. This is a great way to practice the presence of God. Praying scripture is a powerful way to pray so join me in praying Psalm 89:15-16.

Thank you Father that You desire my constant presence. You love me so much. Help me to repent of my sins that the light of Your presence illuminates. Thank you for Your favor, joy, and strength that Your presence infuses in me. Amen.

Related Resources:

You will find Practicing The Presence Of God: 31 Presence Of God Scriptures HERE. It will have the list of 31 Bible verses that we are using for 31 days that our short powerful daily devotionals are based on.

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o be blessed means to be divinely favored, happy, or contented. We all want to be blessed. Don’t you? Most people don’t want to pass up on God’s favor, and you probably don’t either. If we acclaim God, we are blessed. To acclaim Him means to applaud Him or welcome Him with glorious sounds or shouts of approval and joy.

If we want to be blessed, we also need to walk in the light of God’s presence. If we walk in the light, we avoid the darkness of sin with all its consequences. We seek God. We obey Him because we know the “exceptions” to our obedience bring heartache.

When we wake up to praise and worship music instead of an alarm clock, we can start the day in the light of the presence of the Lord. As we read our Bible each morning, we can also walk in the light of His presence. The habit of reading the Bible before breakfast also places a person in the light of the Lord’s presence soon after getting up.

Another way that demonstrates our walk in the light of the Lord’s presence is our fellowship with one another. Fellowship means we look forward to going to church and church events with our community. We all know how important it is to go to church and praise Him with our fellow church mates. Together in fellowship, we pray to God and thank Him for all the blessings He has given us and for forgiving us on our sins.

Dear God, the desire of my heart is to be blessed.

I acclaim your glory and walk in the light of your presence.