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My joyous and memorable occasions are moments when I spend quality time in God's glorious presence. There's nothing like enjoying the presence of God. It's like having an appointed feast with divinity at a high table, which is always accompanied by a burst of devotional joy! Being in God's presence and sharing thoughts with Him is typically emblematic of a dignified platform designed for the most important people (the saints).

Reference: Psalm 89:15 New Living Translation (NLT) "Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, LORD."

Although this verse is talking about Israel as they went up for their great festival times at God's sanctuary or temple, today I'm going to communicate the relevance of this Scripture in our daily Christian lives. It's one thing to attend a church service because its a joyful call to worship, and its another thing to hear the same call in your closet or observe it as part of your daily routine. By the latter, I mean that a joyful call to worship is not limited to visiting a church building. Apart from church services, worship can be observed in your devotional moments and personal quite times with God as you hear the call in your spirit.

A joyful call to worship can imply that the Spirit of God is prompting you to worship and minister to the Lord in His presence. Such promptings will always awaken you to express your reverence and adoration to God at certain times of the day. In other words, the Holy Spirit can speak to your mind or whisper to your ear to sing spiritual songs. He can spur you on to do so, by means of irresistible impulses beyond your reasoning. In our Christian faith, the Holy Spirit is of paramount importance because He sustains our ideal joy and intensifies our longing for spiritual worship. So when you hear the prophecy of internal consciousness sponsored by the Holy Spirit, you must learn to accept it as a fresh force that will condition you to worship God.

Beloved, indeed happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship because our spiritual worship is a fragrant offering and acceptable sacrifice to God. Why did the Psalmist (Ethan the Ezrahite) emphasize that those who observe the call of worship, walk in the light of God's presence? It's because its a call to experience divine light and manifest it by bringing out the God-colours in your world. When we worship in His presence, we don't remain the same because a glorious worship makes us light-bearers and propels us to spread the fragrance of His knowledge in our world, bearing in mind that God is not a secret to be kept (see 2 Corinthians 2:14 ESV). This is the reason the second part of our referenced Scripture says, "for they will walk in the light of your presence, LORD." Did you grasp it? Hallelujah!

A practical way to walk in the light of God's presence is instantiated in Ephesians 5:18 which reads, "Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (NIV). Yes, instead of indulging in some unhelpful and negative activities, be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit, so you can be empowered to flow with psalms, hymns, and songs from realm of the Spirit, singing and making music with ardent expression from your heart, always giving thanks to the Lord.

Since spiritual worship is part of the programmes the Spirit of God inspires in us, it calls for a deep reflective thought or positive contemplation. All the more reason why we should fellowship with the Spirit often because He's the brains behind the quickening of our spiritual worship. Shalom!

Scripture Reading - Psalm 16:11; Psalm 17:15; Psalm 21:6; Psalm 84:1-2; Hebrew 10:19-22.

Exuberant Declaration: I have obtained a peculiar faith through the inspiration of the gospel and by the internal consciousness of my soul, I yearn for spiritual worship, revering and giving glory to God. I testify that in His presence, there is fulness of joy. This joy is a compelling evidence of my Christian life replete with corresponding realities of walking in the light of God's presence and distinctive longings that bring fulfilment. Hallelujah!

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