….to all who call on Him.
This is usually how we end this verse. We encourage people saying “God is near”. And He is. But not near as in a vending machine, that when I am hungry, I plug some cash and get His presence.
I think this is what happens when we read the Word for a quick fix or to find a verse to fit an argument, or like a band-aid. We just cut and paste a verse to fit my or any situation.
What would happen if we read the whole verse from Psalm 145. Or actually read the whole Psalm 145 ?
You would have a better understanding on why and how He is near.
Lets again read verse 18 (which often we only read the first line)
The Lord is close to all who call on Him, yes, to all who call on Him sincerely.
From another translation is reads:
The Lord is near to all who call out to Him, all who call out to Him in integrity.
What is my point?
In our prayer life, we know that God is near. From all of His attributes we know that He is omnipresent and omniscient. There is never a time when He isn’t near me.
But how He responds to that nearness with me, depends on how my heart attitude is. It says with sincerity, or with integrity.
Just like our physical posture can dictate, so can our heart posture. For example it isn’t magical to stand during worship or kneel during prayer, but it does do something to my heart posture to kneel, stand or even raise my hands in surrender.
I think most times we begin to demand things, like “God you are near me, so do this and that NOW”.
Can you just hear the arrogance in that ?
Then, we are so very disappointed that God didn’t do what I just told him to do. Loudly. Because I probably screamed at Him like a spoiled child.
When my heart comes to Him sincerely, with integrity, other versions say “call on Him in truth (without guile), that is showing a posture of understanding that He is God. And I would have known that if I read the entire psalm 145. Just saying.
He is near when I come to Him in Truth. What is truth ? The WORD.
It tells us in the Word, that the Word is the spirit of truth. I can come to Him when I am coming speaking truth in my heart, because His Word of truth is what I am declaring from my heart.
The Lord is near to all those who call on him, with sincerity of heart, with integrity, without guile, but in Truth –
Do you see how that changes things?
I can know and feel His nearness by how I chose to receive His nearness. I receive it by knowing it, declaring it and allowing His nearness to take me even deeper in walking out that integrity and sincerity.
If I am just screaming out that God is near, and I want Him to do what I say, I probably won’t feel His nearness. Why? Because if I have to tell or demand God to do something, I am saying that I know more than Him, which makes me a god telling God what to do. As if He is waiting in Heave for me to tell Him what to do.
To be a person of the Word, we have to really read all the Word.
The Word backs up the Word. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
It’s a promise and God keeps His promises. He is obligated to and by His Word.