Fellowship with God

Aletha Hinthorn One day I heard someone pray, "Thank You this day for communion," and the still small Voice said, "When you get up in the morning, don't think, 'I have this and this and this to do,' but think, 'Another day for communion with God!'" As the Psalmist discovered, our purpose all the days of our lives is "to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord" (Psalm 27:4).

Of all the good things God gives us, the best and most precious by far is His own spiritual fellowship. Jim Elliot exclaimed, "O, the fullness, the pleasure, the sheer excitement of knowing God here on earth."

The secret of communing with the Spirit is in our desire to draw near. Strong desires begin small--and how easy it is to quench small desires simply by ignoring the drawing of the Spirit to spend time in His presence. Sometimes we're tempted to think that God doesn't notice when we put forth that extra effort--fast that meal, get up 30 minutes earlier to spend time with Him, memorize those verses, pray while we're driving to work in stead of allowing our minds to wander or turning on the radio. But He does, and He rejoices knowing that we find our joy in Him.

I am learning the importance of coming to my time alone with God as though I am coming to a lover and am longing for His nearness, wanting to enjoy His fellowship and to find my rest in Him. Even if my time is shorter than I like, I must focus on loving Him, wanting to hear Him speak through His Word.

When we come praying, "Dear Lord, communion with You is the joy of my life. You are my inner Treasure. I delight in Your presence," He responds, "Delight yourself in Me and I will give you the desires of your heart" (Psalm 37:4).

I praise You, dear Lord, for offering to me the joy of Your fellowship.

"My spirit rejoices in God my Savior" (Luke 1:47).