Friendship with God — Psalm 84:1-2 [a practical, devotional study of scripture]

Excerpt from Devotional Sessions | Practical Spirituality

How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God (Psalm 84, prompted from Devotional Sessions – Phil Rice).

What a journey we have been on through these sessions on Friendship with God! Our path has taken us from the reality that God calls us friend, through the removal of the expectations of others [and even ourselves], all the way to knowing God’s love language of obedience and remaining in his love.

Now, let’s move into a time of meditating in the reality offered to us in enjoying God. Take some time to meditate on this passage from Psalm 84. Take note of the heart posture of it’s writer. Invite Holy Spirit to begin to speak to you about what it looks for you to desire and delight in God more than anything else. Confess your longing and desire to be near him and to delight in him. Or, if that doesn’t feel authentic to you at the moment, ask Holy Spirit to give you the longing and desire to be near him.

Write down any observations or revelation that comes to mind as you confess your desire for and delight in God.

My personal engagement with this session [Friendship with God]

What an incredible posture, longing for and delighting in God. There are often times when this is my only prayer before the Lord. God, I desire you, I delight in you. There is nothing I want apart from you. Even in the deep confession of this reality, things that clatter for my attention [the worries of this world and the deceitfulness of wealth] seem to fall away, their grip loosening on my heart. I delight in God and he delights in me! What a beautiful foundation from which we can build our life in God.

An added note from Phil Rice

I hope you’ve benefited from this excerpt from Devotional Sessions | Practical Spirituality. If you’d like more meditative content like this [and beyond]. Consider jumping in with my monthly 5-things email — meaningful content for the religiously disillusioned [spiritually tired] seeking to authentically follow Jesus in real life.

Thanks for journeying alongside,
Phil Rice

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