But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shel-ter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do (Psalm 73:28, NLT).
Friend to Friend
I brushed my teeth but tried not to move. If I did, I might interrupt her.
I’d grown so fond of these moments. My baby girl, quickly gaining her independence, had made a habit of sitting on my feet. It might be while I cooked dinner or when I stood over the counter to consult my day planner or even sometimes while I brushed my teeth in the morning. What I was doing didn’t really matter to her. She just sought me out and settled in, right on top of my feet. Out of all my six children, she was the only to ever do anything like this. And I treasured every moment.
In today’s truth, the psalmist expresses how good it is when he is near God: “But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.” (Psalm 73:28, NLT)
Like the psalmist at the Lord’s feet, my daughter placed herself at my feet because she decided it was good to be near Mom. When she drew near to me three things happened.
She knew she was in my will. She could be so confident that she was doing what pleased me for a few reasons. First, I could see her. Her actions were exposed in plain sight before me, so she knew if I disapproved, she would hear about it. But also, she could hear my voice. She was close enough to absorb everything I said. She was not only sure of her present actions, but she was also learning for her future, too.
Next, she enjoyed fellowship with me. Positioned at my feet, my daughter enjoyed everything I was doing. If I laughed, she could laugh too. If I sang, she could rock to the melody. If I was cooking, she sniffed in the smells. Being that close allowed her access to everything I did. She didn’t miss a thing.
Finally, she knew when I moved. And when I moved, my daughter moved. She didn’t want to lose that intimacy and connection. It was too important to her. By staying right at my feet, she always knew where I was.
My daughter boldly positioned herself near me because she didn’t want to do life without me. She didn’t worry that I was too busy or wonder if I’d care or notice. She is my child, and that gave her permission to perch on my feet anytime, anywhere.
Today, we can decide we want that kind of connection to God. Through Jesus, God extends to us direct access to His throne. That we may find Him, know Him, and enjoy Him. Jesus’ nail-pierced feet eagerly wait to be our seat — our place to find the confidence to know in His will, access to enjoy His fellowship, and intimacy to walk with Him step by step.
No matter where we are, we can be at Jesus’ feet. God offers us the gift of His continual presence through the Holy Spirit. When we remain in Christ, He teaches us to walk as He walked; and as we walk with Him we experience rest and complete satisfaction that can only be found in His presence. (Matthew 11:28-30)
John 15:1-17 tells us it’s not a closeness saved for Sunday. It’s not a closeness unattainable in the chaos. It’s not a closeness reserved only for some. Instead, we can abide daily in Jesus and His love. Crawl on up on His feet today. I imagine He’ll smile when you do.
Dear Lord, I want to reflect Your presence. Thank You for sending Jesus so that I may draw near to You and be transformed by Your presence. Help me to be mindful of Your presence and walk in step with Your Spirit.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Now It’s Your Turn
What keeps you from positioning yourself at the feet of Jesus?
What is one thing you can do today to make time to sit at Jesus’ feet and enjoy His presence?
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“Reckless Love”by Cory Asbury is a song that speaks to me on so many levels. After reading this mornings message a thought occurred to me,” How many times have I moved from the place of sitting at my Saviour’s feet with a childlike faith in awe of his amazing truth.I think of myself as independent but I realize that like a child I truly am dependent on God.
I get up, I walk away in rebellion as a child in the terrible two’s stage pushing the limits,and going my own way. I am the one who walks away,while God waits for me to return mostly in shame. Why do I leave,when in Gods presence I can totally trust that I am safe,I am loved,and am covered in the overwhelming, never ending,undeserved Grace in the Reckless Love of God!
This message is a reminder to me that I am a child of God.
Amen Debbie! I love the reflection of “how many times have I moved from sitting at my Savior’s feet?” and the reminder that we are God’s children.
Amen, Debbie & Katy!
I read this devotion this am. and came back for a 2nd dose!
“Reckless Love” is one of my favorite praise songs and it gets me every time during praise service at church.
I do refer to Psalms, and King David’s writings. The repetition of David referring to God’s everlasting kindness, and patience. I believe that Father God doesn’t ever want to give up on His creation, no matter how many times we stray!
Bless you both, for the blessings I have received today!
Yes, so comforting to know that God extends direct access to Him/Her! No ethical issues just love. God wants his children following him/her around. Thanks Katy
Yes, it reminds me of the first time I told my annoying but well meaning acquaintance there “brush brush brush”. We were both exhausted and worn out from Work.
What we both needed was much needed rest some Crest toothpaste and a Reminder that that’s the place of Children of GOD. Happy Reminder that this place is at the foot of our Lord!!!!!!!
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.