He is Worthy

In the preface to The Knowledge of the Holy, A. W. Tozer writes that we have lost our ability to withdraw inwardly to meet God in adoring silence. But how pleased God is with every attempt we make to gain that ability!

When Henry Nouwen visited Mother Teresa, he asked how he could live out his vocation as a priest. She said for him to "Spend one hour a day adoring your Lord." She might have said something else to a mother with young children, but she affirmed the truth that intimacy with Christ grows out of an intimate encounter with our Lord.

The amazing thing is that when we delight in and give our entire devotion to Him, we find we have the desires of our hearts. Joy floods our lives.

Our knowledge of what would make us happy is so superficial. But when we delight ourselves in drawing near Him, we receive what will satisfy the deepest longings of our hearts.

Jesus is eager for our fellowship! When He told the disciples, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you" (Luke 22:15), He used an emphatic word for "eagerly desired." In other contexts, it is translated as "lust." He was saying, "I have set my heart upon having fellowship with you." Jesus is still longing for our times of drawing near Him in adoring silence.

Saint Thomas Aquinas remarked, "When we see Jesus as he is, we must turn away or else shamelessly adore him."

Jesus, I come to adore You. 

"I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken...you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand" (Psalm 16:8, 11).