Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me. (Psalm 103:2 NLT)
Contemplating the meaning of dwell offers a sense of not only taking up residence, but also the desire to direct my attention toward something. In relationship with God, this means that I not only believe He is with me, but that He desires intimacy with me. God wants to have a continual conversation that deepens my love for Him, and enriches my experience of His love.
Brother Lawrence admitted that for four years he entertained doubts about his salvation, and often found his thoughts distracted in his attempts to cultivate his continual conversations with God.
For him to dwell in God’s presence, he maintained a humble attitude of dependence and eagerly confessed his negligence of God, as soon as he became aware of his lapse.
Brother Lawrence “resolved to make the love of GOD the end of all his actions.” His resolution to love God in all his activities was in essence his means for praising God with all his soul.
He not only loved God, but relied on God’s love.
Here’s what he had to say on this topic:
That in order to form a habit of conversing with GOD continually, and referring all we do to Him; we must first apply to Him with some diligence: but after a little care we should find His love inwardly excite us to it without any difficulty.
List the good things God does for you.
What does it look like for you to dwell in God’s presence?
For additional contemplation, I am linking some past blog posts on the topic of TEXTURE: