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To Be Near God

But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds. (Psalm 73:28 NIV)

At night it is good for me to be near God and make the Lord my refuge as I talk about my day.  Who I was frustrated with and who I frustrated.  What I consumed and what consumed me.  When I waited for another and when I demanded be waited on.  Where I was lost and where I was found.  How I pursued God’s will and how I pursued my own will.  Why I felt hopeful and why I felt hopeless.

And so I have been ending my days praying the Psalms. Thomas Merton wrote this in a short little book entitled Praying the Psalms:

The function of the Psalms is to reveal to us God as the “treasure” whom we love because He has first loved us, and to hide us, heart and soul, in the depths of His infinite Light. The Psalms, therefore, lead us to contemplation (pg. 14).

Psalm 73 invites us to contemplate God’s goodness. At all times and in all places, may our hearts be reoriented to truly “treasure” how good it is to be near God.

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