“From here on, worshiping the Father will not be a matter of the right place but with the right heart. For God is a Spirit, and he longs to have sincere worshipers who worship and adore him in the realm of the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24 TPT
In context, this was the story of Jesus as he spoke with the Samaritan woman at the well and told her all about her life. The same woman who gathered everyone in her village for the first great revival service. She reminds women everywhere that God will use who he choses based on our hearts, not our history.
Which brings me back to what Jesus said, “he longs to have sincere worshipers who worship and adore him in the realm of the Sprit and in truth.”
Have you ever stepped into that realm? That place of intimacy where everything else seems to become ‘strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace’? Where your heartbeat slows and the room seems to swirl with expectancy. A holy hush. A sweetness to your spirit as if being kissed by the greatest of loves. To surrender to Him and gently feel His tender touch that leaves you completely undone.
There is no greater experience than that. Nothing and no one can compete with the time I spend in His Presence. Every song of intimacy floods through my mind and I begin to sing them to Him. I shut the curtain on this world and the distractions it brings as I hear Him call me to Himself.
The one I love calls to me:
Arise, my dearest. Hurry, my darling.
Come away with me!
I have come as you have asked
to draw you to my heart and lead you out.
For now is the time, my beautiful one.
For you are my dove, hidden in the split-open rock.
It was I who took you and hid you up high
in the secret stairway of the sky.
Let me see your radiant face and hear your sweet voice.
How beautiful your eyes of worship
and lovely your voice in prayer. (Song of Solomon 2:10, 14 TPT)
If your heart is stirred as you read these words, take a moment and slip behind the veil. Don’t leave Him waiting any longer. It doesn’t have to be all day or even hours, just a few minutes will do for now. But let me warn you, once you encounter deep intimacy, you will want more and more until time slips away and your encounter becomes the very breath you breathe.