Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
We call upon God in truth and we practice this though waiting on Him with great hope.
The LORD is near all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. (Psalm 145:18, NKJV)
The LORD is near. Because God is omnipresent we know He is always near us in location. This phrase The LORD is near is going beyond that truth to the truth that the Lord can be close to man from the perspective of relationship or fellowship. God waits for us to call upon Him and He then becomes close to us in fellowship – He awaits our invitation to closeness. This nearness is also related to character building because when you are close in character with somebody else you will share common interests – again fellowship is in view here. Drawing near to God is not far removed from waiting on Him.
What else do the Scriptures teach about drawing near to the Lord?
- The lonely soul needs the presence of God ( Psalm 69:16-18; see the whole Psalm)
- Those who trust in the Lord are blessed with His presence (Psalm 73.27-28; see the whole Psalm)
- Draw near to God to hear from Him; not to give the sacrifice of fools (Ecclesiastes 5:1)
- Drawing near to the Lord is through the heart not through words (Isaiah 29:13)
- God will cause those to draw near to Him those who have pledged their hearts to Himself (Jeremiah 30:21)
- We draw near to the Lord due to the hope we have in Him (Hebrews 7:19)
- We draw near to God through our High Priest Jesus Christ who has prepared the way for us to enter into the holies of holies into the presence of God (Hebrews 10:19-25)
- To draw near to the Lord we draw near to Him in character and by the purpose of a surrendered will (James 4:8)
Wait in expectation to meet with the Holy One in close fellowship with Him.
Who call upon Him in truth. Truth should be the basis of godly fellowship, especially when concerning the Creator God. When we develop our character by waiting upon the Lord we call upon Him in truth. We must know the truth through the experience of waiting with hope. Then we appropriate that truth in calling upon God. From the position of truth work learn to express yourself in the prayer of truth. Truth lines up your will with His – then your prayers will be answered (Luke 11:2; John 16:25-27; and Romans 12:1-2).
Prayerfully meditate upon the eight passages presented on drawing near to God and listen to what the Spirit speaks to your heart. Submit your will to the Lord and draw near right know by following the teaching of His word.