Journal Entry by Jenni James

S – Scripture:  Psalm 25:14 The Passion Translation
There’s a private place reserved for the lovers of God, where they sit near him and receive the revelation secrets of his promises.

O - Observation
When I think of God I often think of a loving God, but this verse seems to take things to a whole new level! It describes a closeness, an intimacy,  a deep connection that is available to the “lovers of God”!! The Lord has in fact RESERVED a private place for us! He has thought ahead, he has anticipated spending quality time with us where he can share with us revelations that he wants us to know. Reading this verse reminds me of an old hymn we used to sing with this particular line in it “ours is not a distant God, remote, unfeeling”. I would sing along not really paying attention or understanding the words I was singing, but now as I read this verse those words come flooding back and I can declare that our God is not remote, He is not distant, He is closer than close!. He thinks ahead, he reserves a place just so we can sit near Him and talk intimately with Him. This is a God who truly cares and loves us.

A - Application
As a lover of God I want to carve out time to spend in that private place with just God and myself, so I need to look at my life in a practical sense. How can I carve out time? Where can I go so that I am uninterrupted? Do I need to set time periods in my diary for the whole year so that I make sure it happens? Now that we know this is what The Lord wants let’s do it! Let’s make the time, let’s sit near him, let’s be close and deeply connected and receive the revelation secrets of his promises!

P - Prayer
Father God, thank you that you want to spend deep connected time with each of us. Thank you that you place such high value on relationships and that we have this opportunity to spend this time with you. Help each of us to desire you more and more with every passing day. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.