Today's encouragement comes from Leviticus 9:4b, where we read these few words:
" . . . For today the LORD will appear to you."
Every Lord's Day, in the proper worship of the church, God "appears" to His people, and visits them, with His grace and mercy (in Christ). In Lev. 9, God came to the people in their worship service, (see vv. 23-24). But the Lord may also "appear" to His saints throughout the week—subordinate to Sabbath (Sunday) worship, but nonetheless every bit as really.
Are our hearts tender? Are we sensitive to God? Do we truly feel badly about our sins; and do we cling only Jesus for forgiveness? If so, then God is cer-tainly near to us, visiting us by His Spirit, (cf. Ps. 34:18).
[Puritan quote of the day: "He who has God to be his God is so well content-ed with His condition that he does not much care whether he has anything else.” —Thomas Watson, in, "The Art of Divine Contentment"]