My beloved has gone to his garden,
To the beds of spices,
To feed his flock in the gardens,
And to gather lilies.
Song of Songs 6:2 NKJV
Our Maiden has been looking for her lover for what seems to be a long while, but as she begins to praise Him, she begins to sense that He is there with her – in His garden – her soul.
It’s so simple it almost seems foolish to say so, but praise draws the presence of the Lord.
Yet You are holy,
O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
Psalms 22:3 NASB
Oh how I love that verse. I learned it first in the KJV which says He inhabits the praises of Israel.
One way to break those times when it just feels like God is not around is to start praising Him. Begin to talk about Him to others. Go through and begin to speak out the things He has done in your life. Talk about what He is to you. God can hardly resist praise. Praise changes the atmosphere because God is drawn to praise.
This is actually a great reason to keep a record of the things God has done for you and through you. When it’s quiet and everything in you is reporting the lie that He has forsaken you, you can turn to the record, and read about the things the Lord has done for you, in you and through you.
I know when I was younger and my kids were smaller – there were times when I could come home and they would be excited to see me – the whole “Daddy, Daddy” thing. Let me tell that’s just about the sweetest thing, that the “Daddy, Daddy” thing. And that’s the way God feels too. He can’t resist your praise.
I can almost imagine God nudging Gabriel and opening up the curtains of heaven – “Gabe, did you hear what my daughter just said about me!”
Feeling a little God forsaken today?
Pull out your book of remembrance.
Don’t have one yet?
Start today. Think back to the last time you saw Him. What was He up to?
What was the last prayer He answered for you?
Go back there and you might just find Him, right in His garden.
See you again soon.