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Not long ago on TV, we saw a toddler jumping with joy at seeing his father’s face after many months. The child’s eye infection and the father’s military duties kept them apart for several months. In the video, viewers saw the child in the father’s arms, fitted with special eye lenses and beaming with joy, finally seeing his father’s face. It reminded me of the joy we feel when we by faith draw near our Heavenly Father. Of course, we cannot see God with naked eyes, but we can sense His presence when we draw near Him. That is what the psalmist was experiencing as he drew near and sensed the intimacy of God’s presence. We read this in Psalm 86: “You alone are God. Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart so that I may honor you. With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to Your name forever, for Your love for me is very great.” God responds to each of His children who aspire to draw near Him. Intimacy is a privilege God grants to all who come to Him on the merits of His Son. Jesus paved the way for such a relationship when He died for our sins.

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